P.A.R.K.S. (Protect The Access To Recreational K-9 Spaces)
- Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion
PROTECT THE ACCESS TO RECREATIONAL K-9 SPACES
On May 30th, 1997, we purchased a kennel located at 2251 Metcalfe in Vaudreuil-Dorion with acquired rights to offer boarding and grooming services to domestic animals. Back then, we had no neighbours.
At the time, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion had provided in their by-law a protection barrier of 528 feet (160 metres) between kennels and neighbouring houses. In 2003, a building permit was issued for a house which is now within that barrier at 428 feet (129 metres).
On August 29th, 2012, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has registered a request before the Superior Court asking a judge to order us to dismantle all of our outdoor dog enclosures because by using them as part of our daily activities to let the dogs out, we are contravening to the article 220.127.116.11 of their by-law 1275 which stipulates: "all animals must be kept inside a building that was meant to house them"
By asking us to keep the dogs inside 24 hours a day, the City is forcing us to commit an animal cruelty infraction punishable under the P-42 Act which was put in place in June 2012 by the M.A.P.A.Q, a higher government entity.
We wish to continue fighting for the rights of the animals but the costs of being represented by a lawyer are enormous and more than we can handle.
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Considering that the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has been accommodating about letting the dogs go outside daily for all these years without any intervention,
Considering that the operation of a commercial kennel is not within municipal jurisdiction but that of a higher government entity, the M.A.P.A.Q.,
We, the undersigned and concerned residents of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Monteregie, Montreal and its subarbs, East Ontario, New Brunswick and the United states, are petitioning the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to amend its by-law 1275 article 18.104.22.168. by adding an extra parameter that would say "when the animals are outside, they must be in an fenced in area according to the disposition of the by-law" just like St-Lazare and Coteau-Du-Lac have done.