Exotic pet bylaw unanimously approved in Truro

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Exotic pet bylaw unanimously approved in Truro

By Monique Chiasson

TRURO DAILY NEWS

TRURO – The Town of Truro has unanimously passed an exotic pets bylaw.

A second, and final, reading of the proposed bylaw was agreed on at town council on Monday afternoon.

The bylaw, which cannot be appealed, defines an exotic pet as any animal that’s not a dog, cat or livestock. Exotic pets will be allowed in the owner’s home but must be in an escape-proof enclosure if taken outside. For pet owners who don’t adhere to the bylaw, the town has authority to seize the pet, without notice, and destruction or adoption of the pet is possible based on safety issues. Upon seizure of a pet, the owner would have a week to retrieve it after showing cause as to why it shouldn’t be destroyed or adopted.

In addition, pet owners found in violation of the bylaw could face a minor criminal offence and be fined between $100 and $1,000, which would be determined by court, and possible imprisonment of six months.

David Watters, a Lyman Street resident, voiced his objections to the bylaw during the council meeting.

“To limit (owners) to taking (their pet) out is abhorrent,” said Watters, who does not own an exotic pet. “You are limiting the rights of a person.”

Watters told the Truro Daily News he wanted to speak out on the issue even though he doesn’t own a reptile. His passion for the topic arose after reading about it in this paper.

“The rule of the law is being applied to the minority. It’s ridiculous,” Watters said.

The bylaw “does not prohibit exotic pets. There are towns that have a complete ban; not here,” clarified town solicitor John Rafferty.

“We just want them to be under control,” added Mayor Bill Mills. “It’s an attempt to respect our fellow citizens and neighbours. A lot of people like (exotic pets), however, a large (portion of the) population is uncomfortable. Some have severe reactions … racing hearts, panic … a significant number of people have expressed concern.”

Coun. Tom Chisholm added, “it’s about respect for citizens. We are not anti-snake or reptile.”

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

 

Organizations: DAILY NEWS

Geographic location: Truro, Lyman Street

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  • Timothy White
    July 13, 2013 - 12:11

    This is ridiculous. Some guy walks around town with a seven foot snake wrapped around himself, and now everyone else who owns an "exotic pet" (in my case, a bearded dragon who enjoys going for walks and taking in some sun), now has to have them "locked in a safe container" while transporting them around. According to the law, it's totally acceptable for me to drag five cows and a horse around behind me through downtown Truro, but not my 8.5" bearded dragon who is very friendly and gets a lot of positive attention. I've never had anyone run screaming from this little guy, nor would there be any reason to run. Everyone I've met wants to pet him or has questions about him. This is pretty silly, especially when at any given time there are innumerable people riding around town on their bicycles without helmets and dogs pooping unsolicited on the sidewalks and grassy areas. But let's focus on hiding cops in bushes giving people speeding tickets and making sure the exotic animals of Truro (of which there cannot be very many...) are properly "boxed up" for transport. Seriously, a dog is going to do more damage to a person than most of the exotic pets available (within legal means) to purchase in Canada. Such a waste of time.

  • Toby
    July 10, 2013 - 08:05

    I am not sure what is meant by "the bylaw, which can not be appealed". Does that mean that if I am charged under the bylaw I can not appeal to the courts? If so I can see a court challenge to the bylaw that it infringes on my right to appeal any conviction under any law of Canada

  • Kathy
    July 09, 2013 - 18:26

    So many by laws. How about enforcing the ones you already have. .Kids riding bikes on sidewalks and on the esplanade near businesses almost running over customers. People smoking by door ways. Really how many exotic pets are there in Truro? Find a more productive way to spend your time. I think a curfew for under age children on the streets late at night would be a good place to start Those in favor say I

  • Joanna
    July 09, 2013 - 06:50

    There are hundreds of different phobias out there. Are we going to create by laws to "protect" these people too?

    • Voice of Reason
      July 09, 2013 - 23:43

      That this law had to be implemented over a boa constrictor is beyond me. What sort of life can you give an animal forced to be kept in a container when outside is beyond me, although personally I'm of the opinion that exotic animals belong in the wild and not as pets in the first place...

  • fraser
    July 08, 2013 - 21:29

    U am deathly afraid of dogs but to see a parrot on a shoulder or someone in complete control of an exotic pet is something people are afraid of. Dogs can turn faster than any other animal.

  • Aurora
    July 08, 2013 - 20:43

    This is the second TDN article that quotes Mills using the phrase "significant number of people.." Exactly how many people equals "significant"? Not at all surprised this passed. Heaven forbid people actually want to do things (or be) a little different in this town.

  • Jason R. Francis
    July 08, 2013 - 18:26

    I'm confused at this bylaw? Did someone in town take their pet snake for a walk again?