-Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. Monday, 07 June, 2010.
The Arnprior Town Council Committee of the Whole okayed a feasibility study to look into the costs and benefits of sending By-Law Enforcement Officers door to door to count dogs and cats and enforce the law requiring pets to be licensed. Of the estimated “over a thousand” dogs in town, less than three hundred are currently licensed. The town also has a By-Law limiting the number of dogs and cats to two dogs and two cats per household. The issue was strangely contentious, taking almost half an hour to pass at Monday’s meeting. Among other questions the feasibility study should look into are “How long will it take for By Law Enforcement Officers to visit each home and count all the pets?” and, “How much will it cost us to pay temporary officers to do this?” and, “How much do we stand to gain by forcing compliance with our current by-laws?” Other issues included, “Should we have one price if citizens pay for their licenses before March and another price for those who pay after March?”