Cats (Bylaw 2-14)

A BYLAW TO CONTROL AND REGULATE CATS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWN OF ROCKGLEN

The Council of the Town of Rockglen in the Province of Saskatchewan enacts as follows:

No person shall own or harbour any cats within the urban municipality except as specified in this Bylaw.

A maximum of two (2) cats may be kept in or about any dwelling unit or business establishment.

For the purposes of licensing, there shall be the following classes of cat licenses:
a) non-sterilized cat;
b) sterilized cat;
c) kittens under 6 months of age

Every owner of a cat shall:
a) obtain a cat identification tag from the Town Office;
b) cause the cat to wear, around its neck, the cat identification tag issued pursuant to clause (a); and
c) annually obtain a cat license by making application to the Town Office and paying the applicable fee set out in Schedule “A”.

Where a cat can be identified by either microchip or tatoo, the owner is not required to comply with clause 4(b).

A license issued is non-transferable and non-refundable.

No persons shall provide false information to the Town Office when applying for a sterilized cat license.

a) A license issued under this Bylaw is effective on the date of issuance of the license.
b) A license issued under this Bylaw shall expire on December 31 of the year in which it was issued or renewed.

No establishment for the breeding or boarding of cats shall be permitted within the urban municipality.

The owner of a non-sterilized female cat shall keep the animal indoors at all times during the period the cat is in heat.

No cats shall be allowed to fight with other cats, trespass or defecate or spray on private property without the permission of the owner or occupant of the property, howl or hiss at night, dig in flower beds or garbage containers.

Where a cat has defecated on public property or private property, the owner of the cat shall immediately remove the defecation.

No owner shall allow a cat’s defecation to accumulate on the property where the animal is kept to such an extent that it is reasonably likely to annoy or pose a health risk to others.

An owner of a cat shall remove that cat’s defecations from the property where the animal is kept and shall dispose of the defecation in a sanitary manner.

No cats shall be allowed to run at large within the urban municipality.

(1) A person who has been bothered by a cat being at large may apply to the Town Office or the Town Shop to receive a cat trap permit, Form “B” attached hereto and forming part of this Bylaw, and a cat trap.

(2) The Town Employees shall only approve a cat trap permit and issue a cat trap to a person making an application pursuant to subsection (1) when that person;

agrees to all the terms included in the cat trap permit; and
executes the cat trap permit.

Where a cat trap is issued or a private cat trap is utilized pursuant to this Bylaw, the permitee or private cat trap owner shall:

abide by the terms of the cat trap permit;
place the cat trap only on the permitee’s or private cat trap owner’s property located within the Town or on other property with the written consent of the property owner;
personally check the trap at least once each hour while the trap is set;
in the event a cat is trapped, contact the Town Office or Town Shop:
immediately, if the Town Office or Town Shop is open; or
as soon as the Town Office or Town Shop re-opens;
not use the trap when the temperature is:
0ΕC or less; or
30ΕC or more;
return the cat trap to the Town Shop within 72 hours of the cat trap being issued; and
pay for the cost of repair or replacement of the cat trap if the issued cat trap is damaged, lost or stolen.

(1) When a cat has been trapped in a cat trap, the permitee shall, for as long as and until a town employee can collect the cat or the cat can be conveyed to the Town Shop:

hold the cat for no longer than 24 hours;
treat the cat humanely;
provide shelter for the cat in a warm, dry and secure area; and
provide water and food for the cat.

If a permitee cannot comply with the conditions in subsection 18(1), the permitee must release the trapped cat unharmed.

When a cat has been trapped in a cat trap and the town employee can collect the cat, or the cat is conveyed to the Town Shop, the permitee shall provide the Town Employee with:

the name of the owner of the cat, if known; and
the location of the cat trap where the cat was trapped.

(1) Where the Town has received an animal whose owner is known, the Administrator shall, within 24 hours, provide notice to the owner of the fact of the animal’s detainment and the amount required to be paid in order of the animal to be released.

Notice provided in accordance with subsection 19(1) may be given by telephone or in writing.

An owner or the owner’s agent may claim a detained animal by attending the Town Office and providing the Administrator with proof of ownership or entitlement to the animal.

The Administrator shall not release a detained animal unless:

the person claiming the animal can satisfy the Administrator that the person is the owner or the person entitled to possession of the animal; and
(b) the Administrator has received the detainment fee as set out in Schedule “B”.

22. An animal may be considered to be relinquished to the town shop when an animal:

detained at the town shop, whose owner is unknown, is not claimed and released within 72 hours from the time the animal was received at the town shop; or
detained at the town shop, whose owner is known by the animals tattoo or license or where the animal appears to be a pure-bred, is not claimed and release within 3 days from the time the animal was received at the town shop, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

23. Where an animal has been relinquished to the town shop, the Administrator may:

make the animal available for public adoption; or
destroy the animal by humane means.

24. Any cat suspected of having rabies shall not be destroyed but shall be secured and isolated for ten (10) days and the matter immediately reported to the Medical Health Officer in the Health District whose instructions shall be carried out.

(a) Fines, as set out in Schedule “B”, shall be discounted to half if paid within fourteen (14) days of the fine date.
(b) Notice of Violation shall be in Form “A” attached hereto and forming part of this Bylaw.
(c) Where a notice of violation is issued, a person may make a voluntary payment of the fine amount listed in Form “A” for that violation if the person does so before the specified date set out in the notice of violation.
(d) Where the Town Office received a voluntary payment of the prescribed amount in Form “A” before a summons is issued, the person receiving the notice of violation shall not be liable to prosecution for the alleged contravention.

(1) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this Bylaw or fails to comply with an order issued by the Town of Rockglen, is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to:

a fine in the amount set out in Form “A”, or
where a fine is not specified, to a fine of up to $2,000 in the case of an individual, and $5,000 in the case of a corporation.

(2) For the purpose of determining the applicable fine required by clause 26(1)(a), the number of offenses shall be determined by the number of previous Notices of Violation issued in relation to that particular animal.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection 26(2), for offences relating to defecation, the applicable fine required by clause 26(1)(a), shall be determined by the number of Notices of Violation issued in relation to the same address.

(4) A Notice of Violation issued in the previous calendar year shall not be used to calculate the number of offences for the purpose of clause 26(1)(a).

This bylaw shall come into force and take effect on the date of final passing thereof.

Bylaw No. 1-09 is hereby repealed.

FEES

Non-Sterilized Cat License: $50.00

Sterilized Cat License: $10.00

Kittens under 6 months License: $10.00

Detainment Fee: $40.00

Replacement of Animal Identification Tag: $5.00

PLUS the sum of $15.00 per day for each day, or fraction thereof, the cat was confined in the pound.

PLUS any costs relating to the impoundment of a licensed Veterinary Clinic or Humane Society.

FINES

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