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Changes to Sudbury animal control may prove costly

Sudbury city councillors like the idea of expanding animal control services, but are wary of the price tag.
The rules governing animals in Greater Sudbury could soon see some big changes, including a possible increase to the maximum number of pets allowed per household. (CBC)

Sudbury city councillors like the idea of expanding animal control services, but are wary of the price tag.

Staff presented a range of different options at a council meeting last night.

They include longer hours for animal control officers, and requiring veterinarians to put down dogs and cats at the city pound.

But several city councillors, like Joscelyne Landry-Altmann, are curious to see how much these changes will cost taxpayers.

"It will be very interesting the report that you bring back ... obviously we're going to need to increase some costs."

Changes to other animal bylaws are also on the table, including allowing Sudburians to own more pets, with the hope that keeps them out of animal shelters.

Currently Sudburians are allowed to keep four cats, two dogs or a combination of four cats and dogs.

SCity administration said increasing the limit may keep more animals from ending up in the city pound.

But city councillor Jacques Barbeau said he believes there should be different rules for urban and rural areas.

"The one-size-fits-all when you're talking about increasing? Not a good idea,” he said.

“If you live in an apartment maybe you should have a maximum of one dog or one cat."

City staff will report back to council in April and plan to have a new and improved animal control service in place by July.

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