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Iqaluit seeks input on proposed dog bylaw

The City of Iqaluit is holding a public meeting tonight to get input on its proposed Responsible Pet Owner and Sled Dog bylaw, combining the sled dog bylaw and the animal control bylaw.

Public meeting tonight at Anglican parish hall

Fernando Caspaneda-Pucci feeds sled dogs on Frobisher Bay in 2009. The City of Iqaluit is holding a public meeting tonight to get input on its proposed Responsible Pet Owner and Sled Dog bylaw, combining the sled dog bylaw and the animal control bylaw. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

The City of Iqaluit is holding a public meeting tonight to get input on its proposed Responsible Pet Owner and Sled Dog bylaw, combining the sled dog bylaw and the animal control bylaw.

Kevin Sloboda, Iqaluit's Chief Municipal Enforcement officer, says the proposed legislation puts the onus on dog owners to provide proper care for their animals.

"We want to hear feedback from people," he said.

Kevin Sloboda, Iqaluit's Chief Municipal Enforcement officer, says the proposed legislation puts the onus on dog owners to provide proper care for their animals. (CBC)

"Whether it's positive or negative, in any way shape or form, it's always good to get any kind of feedback that we can get from the public in regards to it. It tells us what we're doing, where we need to go in the next step and whether to go forward or whether to step back and re-evaluate the bylaw."

Sloboda is encouraging people to register their dogs, take care of them and not let them run loose.

He also says many dogs, especially smaller breeds, are not adapted to Arctic weather and shouldn't be left outside.

The public meeting Wednesday is at 6 p.m. at St. Jude's parish hall.

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