It is rather interesting how the laws of our City can be swayed for such a small amount (The Daily News, Aug. 2 story and photo: Dog Shows ‘An Addiction’ For Pet Owners).
However, should you be the one who has not persuaded the City with a little graft, then you could be looking at a hefty fine.
I like to cycle through my neighbourhood with my two dogs. I ride wearing a helmet; obeying traffic laws and both of my well-trained German shepherds are on leash,
licensed, spayed and vaccinated. In my pocket, you will find doggy bags for those little accidents while out. I’m a responsible pet owner enjoying my area.
The local park has a pathway running through the centre of it that leads to many roads for us to break up the monotony of exercising.
Unfortunately, I cannot use this path because a bylaw prohibits dogs in this park.
So we are forced to detour a considerable distance and negotiate the sidewalk that has been encroached upon by telephone poles, making it quite dangerous.
It is illegal for me to pass through the park with my two dogs, but if I pay a
$10 variance to the City, I can host a dog show with more than 100 canine friends in attendance from across the province in that same park.
The park’s bylaw signage is poor at best. Of the few signs posted, they are illegible from wear or vandalism and a few of the entrances are not marked at all.
If the City can afford to patrol and hand out violation tickets, it can certainly afford to properly maintain its signage.
In summation, it is sad that our City will infringe upon the everyday movements of its citizens, but for a paltry sum, will allow outsiders to come in and do as they please.