More off-leash dog parks, fewer unvaccinated animals, recommends Saskatoon committee
City committee on animal control looking to protect more pets from rabies
A Saskatoon city committee wants to see more pets vaccinated for rabies.
The advisory committee on animal control is presenting a report Thursday with a few recommendation for how the city can better serve its citizens and their furry friends.
According to the civilian committee, 618 dog and cat bites were reported this past year, and of those animals less than half were vaccinated with a current rabies shot.
In Regina an unvaccinated dog had to be put down due rabies this year, and eight people had to get rabies vaccinations.
The report on rabies concludes that a city licence to own an animal needs to mean "more than simply paying an annual pet ownership tax."
Considering Saskatoon's aging population, the committee feels the city should try to make off-leash dog parks more accessible for people who may not be able to drive anymore.
"With more than two hundred city parks, this should be possible," the report says.
Feral cats are also mentioned in the report briefly. The feral felines provide a pro bono rodent extermination service for the city, but the committee recommends that a happy balance be struck with preventing their being excess cats roaming the streets.