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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN (RDCO)

DOG CONTROL STATISTICS

This is not the official website of the Regional District of Central Okanagan

COMMENT FORM NEAR BOTTOM

Last update October 26, 2014

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This page is made up of information we found on the net or that we received through Freedom of Information Act from RDCO.

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The only BARKING STATISTICS we have are from 2010 which we received through Freedom of Information

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"From the beginning of the year, 43 tickets handed for unlicensed dogs," said Smith. (43 x $300 = $12,900)

New dog bylaw gets prickly reception
by Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News - Feb 27, 2014

Source http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/247570411.html

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YEAR POPULATION
2003 158,264
2004 159,333
2005 163,142
2006 167,417
2007 173,730
2008 180,328
2009 184,646
2010 185,369
2011 187,351
2012 185,501
2013 189,632

2003-2013 RDCO Dog Bylaw Violation Stats

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RDCO LAWYER ETC. REMUNERATION
(click the year links to see where we got these figures from)

NAME 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Neilson-Welch Consulting (Dog Control Consultant) 0.00 0.00 $61,244.40 0.00??  
Desouza Arnold LLP (Dog Control Lawyer) 0.00 0.00 0.00 $47,871.32  
Young Anderson (RDCO Lawyer) $38,757.57 $39,548.36 $70,562.21 $47,884.45  
Justice Institute of BC $32,924.98 $28,814.79 0.00 0.00  
Commissionaires British Columbia $29,639.18 $32,592.36 $32,698.22 $27,241.13  
Stewart McDannold Stuart $34,263.87 $64,493.46 $109,439.87 0.00  
Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP $207,130.65 $25,558.46 $51,368.04 $33,326.41  

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RDCO Dog Stats 2011 - 2013
The figures in the table below are derived from the stats in the documents below this table.  We received some of the stats below through Freedom of Information.  Other stats were found in RDCO Board Highlights, Agenda and Minutes or RDCO Annual Reports.

  2011 2012 2013 2014

DATE
TRACKING
STARTED

# of Dogs Impounded 750 676 632   Jan 1, 2001
Impounds by Area          
  Kelowna (population 119,229) 483 457 420   Jan 1, 2010
  West Kelowna (population 30,892) 122 87 77   Jan 1, 2010
  Lake Country (population 11,708) 70 67 27   Jan 1, 2010
  Peachland (population 5,200) 30 11 78   Jan 1, 2010
  Electoral East (population 3,795) 16 14 12   Jan 1, 2010
  Electoral West (population 1,947) 1 3 6   Jan 1, 2010
  WFN (population 7,068) 28 37 12   Jan 1, 2010
TOTAL DOGS IMPOUNDED 750 676 632    
           
# of MTI's Issued (fines) 552 513     Jan 1, 2001
Dog Stats in RDCO's Annual Report states Dog Bylaw Fines     658    
# of Dogs Euthanized 107 83 52   Jan 1, 2001
  Surrendered 83       Jan 1, 2010
  Surrendered - Owner Initiated   57     Jan 1, 2010
  Surrendered - Bylaw Initiated   15     Jan 1, 2012
  Bylaw Initiated (Aggression)     17   Jan 1, 2013
  Owner Initiated (Aggression)     6   Jan 1, 2013
  Owner initiated (Fee Charged)     20   Jan 1, 2013
  Other 24 11     Jan 1, 2010
  Other (Not Adoptable or by SPCA)     9   Jan 1, 2013
# of Adoptable Dogs Transferred to the SPCA 45 72 51   Jan 1, 2001
For the SPCA from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     66    
Adopted from RDCO found in Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     10    
% of Impounded Dogs Reunited with Owners 77% 76% avg 80%   Jan 1, 2001
Dogs Reunited with Owners from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     504    
% of Dogs Impounded Without Licences 64% 64% avg 65%   Jan 1, 2001
Dogs Without a Licence from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     201    
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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# of Complaints Received          
  # of General Complaints 1,915 1,900 1,969   Jan 1, 2001
  # of Aggressive Dog Complaints   360     Jan 1, 2012
  # of Dangerous Dog Complaints 412 32     Jan 1, 2001
  # of Dangerous and Aggressive Dog Complaints     350   Jan 1, 2012
Dangerous and Aggressive Dog MTI's from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     62    
  # of Emergency Callouts 55 72     Jan 1, 2010
  # of Emerg Pages handled by phone     25   Jan 1, 2013
  # of Emerg Pages requiring a callout     42   Jan 1, 2013
TOTAL COMPLAINTS 2,382 2,364 2,386    
           
Complaints by Area         Jan 1, 2010
  Kelowna (population 119,229) 1,496 1,577 1,504   Jan 1, 2010
  West Kelowna (population 30,892) 471 391 376   Jan 1, 2010
  Lake Country (population 11,708) 197 183 181   Jan 1, 2010
  Peachland (population 5,200) 83 87 192   Jan 1, 2010
  Electoral East (population 3,795) 73 51 60   Jan 1, 2010
  Electoral West (population 1,947) 70 64 65   Jan 1, 2010
  WFN (population 7,068) 9 11 8   Jan 1, 2010
TOTAL COMPLAINTS 2,399 2,364 2,386   Jan 1, 2010
           
# of Non-Complaint Responses         Jan 1, 2010
  Total Parks Violations Observed by Officers (staff) 373 158 177   Jan 1, 2010
  Total Other Violations Observed by Officers (staff) 102 88 55   Jan 1, 2010
TOTAL RESPONSES 475 246 232   Jan 1, 2010
           
Total Complaints & Responses 2,857 2,610 2,618   Jan 1, 2010

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN # NON-COMPLAINT RESPONSES VS TOTAL COMPLAINTS & RESPONSES

2,382 2,364 2,386    
Dog Stats in RDCO's Annual Report states Dog Complaints and Responses     2,596    
Dog Complaints at Pound from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     2,386    
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

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# of Court Proceedings (eg. Disputed Tickets) 117 ?? 54 ??     ??
  Total # Pending at End of Quarter 22,13,25,10 5,4,6(7),11     ??
  Total # Successful During Quarter 17 17     ??
  Total # Lost / Stayed / Withdrawn during Quarter 31 11     ??
  # of Disputed Tickets Pending for Court     2,4,1,1   Jan 1, 2013
  # of Disputed Tickets Withdrawn/Stayed/Lost     14   Jan 1, 2013
  # of Disputed Tickets Successful in Court     2   Jan 1, 2013
Total # of Tickets Issued     169   Jan 1, 2013
% of Dangerous Dog Complaints That Result in Destruction of the Dog          
% of At Large Dog Complaints That Result in Impounding Dog          
% of Successful Court Proceedings          

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  # of Annual Dog Licences   11,222 16,847   Jan 1, 2013
  # of Permanent Dog Licences (ALL LICENCES ARE PERMANENT EFFECTIVE 2013)   1,556     Jan 1, 2013
  # of Kennel Licences   40 61   Jan 1, 2013
TOTAL DOG LICENCES   12,818 16,908   Jan 1, 2013

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Dog Licences by Area         Oct 1, 2013
  Kelowna         Oct 1, 2013
  West Kelowna         Oct 1, 2013
  Lake Country         Oct 1, 2013
  Peachland         Oct 1, 2013
  Electoral East         Oct 1, 2013
  Electoral West         Oct 1, 2013
  WFN         Oct 1, 2013
Total Dog Licences         Oct 1, 2013

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total # of Bylaw Offence Notices Issued (Apr - Dec 2013)     552 ??   Apr 1, 2013
Dog Stats in RDCO's Annual Report states Dog Bylaw Fines     658    
Bylaw Offence Notices from Jan 27, 2014 Board Agenda     659    
  # of Disputed Bylaw Notices     10,3,6   Apr 1, 2013
  # of Bylaw Notices Withdrawn/Stayed/Lost     5   Apr 1, 2013
  # of Bylaw Notices Successful in Adjudication     4   Apr 1, 2013
  # of Bylaw Notices - Compliance Agreement     2   Apr 1, 2013
     

Q3 is
missing
below

   
Total # of Dangerous Dog Applications (Community Charter S. 49)     2 ??   Jan 1, 2013
  Total Pending at End of Quarter     0   Jan 1, 2013
  Total Concluded by Consent Order Agreements     2   Jan 1, 2013
  Total # Successful in Court     0   Jan 1, 2013
  Total Concluded by Surrender of the Dog     0   Jan 1, 2013
  Total # Withdrawn / Stayed / Lost During Quarter     0   Jan 1, 2013

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

 

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.pdf icon Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

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Inspections & Bylaw Enforcement Services

Dog Control

To date, 19,024 dog licenses have been issued in 2014
o 4,549 New licenses
o 14,475 Renewed licenses

430 Bylaw Offence Notices Issued for 'No Dog License'
o 120 tickets have been paid in full or have entered payment plans

Revenues Exceeding Budget Amounts ($90K YTD):
o Licensing - $34,647
o Dog Impounding - $29,401
o Bylaw Notice Adjudication Program Fines - $25,647

Dog Ambassadors Program
Successful media promotion results in expansion of My Dog Matters business participation

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General Complaints / Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Non-Complaint Responses / Parks Violations
2011 General Complaints / Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Non-Complaint Responses / Parks Violations
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Impounds / MTI's / Euthanized/ Surrendered / Adopted / Licencing
2011 Impounds / MTI's / Euthanized/ Surrendered / Adopted / Licencing
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Disputed Tickets / Successful Tickets / Dangerous Dog Destructions / At Large Impounds / Successful Court Proceedings
2011 Disputed Tickets / Successful Tickets / Dangerous Dog Destructions / At Large Impounds / Successful Court Proceedings
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Impounded / Licencing / Municipal Tickets (MTI's) / Euthanized / Surrendered / Adopted
2012 Impounded / Licencing / Municipal Tickets (MTI's) / Euthanized / Surrendered / Adopted
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Disputed Tickets / Successful Tickets / Dangerous Dog Destructions / At Large Impounds / Successful Court Proceedings
2012 Disputed Tickets / Successful Tickets / Dangerous Dog Destructions / At Large Impounds / Successful Court Proceedings
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General Complaints / Aggressive Dogs / Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Non-Complaint Responses / Parks Violations
2012 General Complaints / Aggressive Dogs / Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Non-Complaint Responses / Parks Violations
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Impounded / Euthanized / Adopted / Impounds without a Licence / Disputed Tickets
2013 Impounded / Euthanized / Adopted / Impounds without a Licence / Disputed Tickets
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Non-Complaint Responses / Park Violations / Dog Licencing
Non-Complaint Responses / Park Violations / Dog Licencing
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General Complaints / Aggressive & Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Complaints
2013 General Complaints / Aggressive & Dangerous Dogs / Emergency Callouts / Complaints
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Bylaw Offence notices / Dangerous Dog Applications (Pending, Concluded, Successful, Withdrawn, Stayed, Lost)
Bylaw Offence notices / Dangerous Dog Applications (Pending, Concluded, Successful, Withdrawn, Stayed, Lost)
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Stats from RDCO 2013 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report


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2013 Stats
Dogs Licenced 16,908
Dog Complaints and Responses 2,596
Dog Non-complaint Responses 232
Dogs Impounded 632
Dogs Euthanized 52
Dog Bylaw Fines 658

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From RDCO Annual Review 2013

2011 Stats
City of Kelowna (66.30%)
District of West Kelowna (17.18%)
District of Lake Country (6.51%)
Westbank First Nation 7,068 (3.93%)
District of Peachland (2.89%)
COE (2.11%)
COW 1,947 (1.08%)

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2013 Stats

2,386 Dog Complaints at Pound
659 Bylaw Offence Notices
632 Impounded
201 Without A Licence
66 For the SPCA
10 Adopted
52 Euthanized
62 Aggressive/Dangerous Dog MTI (tickets)
2 Consent Orders
504 Dogs Reunited with their owners

Jan 27, 2014 RDCO Board Agenda
Item 7.1 Dog Control Statistics 2013

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RDCO DOG CONTROL

Gross Operating Cost per Complaint $457.17 in 2010.
(look under the heading "Efficiency" left side nearer the bottom of the page)

Ticket Revenue 2010 = $14,855

Dog License Revenue 2010 = $277,681

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RDCO Dog Control Statistics

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 8.1 Dog Control Service Update.

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Findlater states the letter about West Kelowna changing the zoning bylaw to permit 3 dogs fell through the cracks and sometime in the coming months the zoning bylaw in West Kelowna will be amended. Findlater said that part of the reason for the review of the dog control function was to have the dog owners support their dogs more and that somewhere around 2/3 - 3/4 of the dog control budget was supported by taxpayers and 1/3 - 1/4 supported by dog owners. Hobson says that increased enforcement and other things, have sucked up some of the increase in revenue, and that a financial report will be coming in the review after one year of full operation of the new Feb 2014 dog bylaw.

Stack says that 269 tickets were issued for no dog licence, and when the dog owner purchases the dog licence within 7 days, the fine will be retracted, does this require the dog bylaw to be amended. Mary Jane Drouin said this does not require the bylaw to be amended because this is an administrative policy. Stack asked if a review will be sometime after the new dog bylaw has been in place for 1 full year? Yes. Gray asks how RDCO advertises that there is a zero tolerance for no dog licence. Mary Jane Drouin says that RDCO puts ads in the newspapers and Castanet.net, bill boards, and on the licence renewal. Gray suggests a universal poster be put up in pet stores, dog parks, etc. Mary Jane Drouin says the people who are being fined are mostly new people moving here who didn't have a dog licencing program in their community, don't know they need a dog licence.  And that the onus is on the people who move here to check what the bylaws are, and that next year during the review it would be an idea to change the dog bylaw to say new residents have 60 days to purchase a dog licence instead of the current 30 days.

Approx. 2,500 dog owners have not renewed their 2013 dog licences. Mary Jane said RDCO is phoning people to find out why, maybe their dog died or husband thought wife bought the licence and vise versa.

.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Dog Control Service Update

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SUBJECT: Dog Control Service Update

Purpose:
To provide an update on the Dog Control Service and the programs being offered to dog owners across the region.

Recommendation:
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the June 2014 Dog Control Program Performance Measure Statistics and the Dog Control Service Update.

Executive Summary:
As the Board is aware, the new service model for dog control is centred around responsible dog ownership. Allan Neilson in his dog control service review to the Board noted: "The
concept recognizes that local government on its own cannot effectively manage human-dog interactions. Dog owners must be active partners in working to prevent problems from occurring and in holding other owners accountable for good dog behaviour...When owners care properly for their dogs, train their dogs, and develop a good understanding of their rights and responsibilities, the number and severity of dog-related problems and the need for enforcement decreases.

Below is a review of the programs provided for a more valued, cost effective service:

o Resource Group: The Resource Group continues to meet as needed. Two meetings have been held this year, the last one being July 23. The SPCA provided an update on the education programs they offer to schools and the summer program at their education facility. Three of our dog control officers are participating in the SPCA's summer kids program assisting in educating children of all ages on things like: being a responsible dog owner, how to approach a dog, how to pet a dog, etc. This has been well received. One of our animal control officers provided a presentation to the group on the dangerous side of being an animal control officer such as assisting the RCMP when required, and dealing with dangerous dog attacks. Both presentations were well received.

o Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343: As you are aware the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw was adopted in February 2014 and is working very well. An outstanding issue remains to be resolved regarding raising the number of dogs allowed from 2 to 3. It had previously been noted that should this occur a minor zoning amendment regarding kennels would be required by the RDCO and the District of West Kelowna. Staff has forwarded a letter to the District of West Kelowna Council asking if they will consider amending their zoning bylaw. Staff has yet to hear back from West Kelowna. The electoral area directors have supported the requirement to amend RDCO's zoning bylaw.

o My Dog Matters Rewards Program - The program was created in 2013 to reward dog owners who license their dog(s) and provide them with benefits for licensing. Licensed dog owners receive discounts and special services from participating businesses by simply showing their My Dog Matters rewards card at the time of purchase. Dog owners have found they quickly recover the cost of licensing by using their card to receive discounts on products and services offered by the many proud partners participating in the rewards program. Ten new businesses have come on-board bringing the total to 45 businesses participating in the program.

o Zero Tolerance for No Dog License - The fine for not having a dog license is $300. We continue to advertise that there is 'zero tolerance' for not having a dog license. To date this year, 269 tickets have been issued. Some owners have received $900 in fines-so as not to be too punitive a policy was adopted (for the first offence only) that gives the owner 7 days to purchase their license(s) and when that is done, the officer will withdraw all but one fine. To date 20 fines have been withdrawn. Some owners are disputing the fine and these are then forwarded to adjudication. To date, 18,169 licenses have been sold (14,200 renewals and 3,709 new dogs). At this time last year, 11,409 licenses had been sold. Staff is aware that there are outstanding licenses not renewed from 2013 and as time permits are phoning owners to determine why-some dogs have died and the owner has failed to inform the RDCO, and some owners have moved, others have forgotten to renew and are advised to renew as soon as possible.

o On Line Licensing: Staff continues to work with the software developer for the on-line licensing program in an attempt to make the program more user friendly. We want more
licensed dog owners renewing their licenses online-saving resources at our member municipalities, SPCA and the RDCO.

o Ambassador Program: Two students have been hired for the summer to introduce our newly created ambassador program. The ambassadors visit beaches, trails and pathways from Lake Country to Peachland. Instead of enforcing bylaws or handing out tickets, the brightly-dressed ambassadors are positively reminding dog owners about responsible behaviours. The aim of the program is to educate, rather than enforce. They hand out information about the bylaw, where dog beaches are located, as well as parks and businesses involved in the 'My Dog Matters' program. Leashes, dog treats and poop bags are provided as a gift to the dog owner. Weekly field reports are provided by the students and are circulated to our dog control officers, as well as all municipal parks managers highlighting issues such as lack of signage, where problem areas are, info about where dog owners feel dog parks should be located (particularly beach access parks). The program has been well received by dog owners and provides a positive opportunity to raise awareness and reinforce expected behaviours.

o Staff continue to work with the SPCA to adopt healthy, adoptable dogs, and build on the great relationship we have developed between both organizations.

 

Regional District of Central Okanagan Program Performance Measure Results  - April to June 2014
RDCO Dog Control Stats April - June 2014 plus 2013 inclusive
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2013 Dog Control Statistics from January 27, 2014 RDCO Board Agenda Item 7.1

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. CORPORATE SERVICES

Bylaw Enforcement

8.1 Dog Control Service Update/Statistics (for information) (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 24,2014 provided an update on dog control service and stats to June 30, 3014. To date, dogs licensed has increased to 18,169 (from 11,409 in 2013) with an additional 3,709 new dogs licensed this year. Staff continues to work on programs such as the online licensing to make it more user friendly; increasing partners in the 'My Dog Matters Rewards Program'; and working with the SPCA on continuing education and adoption of dogs to new homes. The newly created Ambassador Program is well underway positively reminding dog owners about responsible behaviours. The administrative policy adopted for multiple fines for non-licenses was reviewed. Staff will review the policy in 2015 and determine if any changes to the policy and bylaw amendments are required going forward. West Kelowna confirmed that staff have been considering the required bylaw amendment should the Board agree to amending the region's bylaw to a three-dog limit.

BAKER/FINDLATER
THAT the Board receive for information the Dog Control Service Update and Program Performance Measure Statistics - April-June 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon April 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.2 Dog Control Service Performance Measures Statistics

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Q1 2013 / January to March 2014

470 / 451 General Complaints
86 / 74 Dangerous and Aggressive Dog Complaints
12 / 8 Emergency pages requiring a callout
572 / 525 Total Complaints Received

63 / 101 Non-Complaint Responses/Patrol
16,908 / 16,598 Total Dog Licences

149 / 154 Dogs Impounded
104 / 89 Dogs Impounded without Licences (58%)

108 / 121 Dogs Reunited with Owner (79%)
20 / 21 Dogs for SPCA (14%)
19 / 12 Dogs Euthanized (8%)

100 / 4 Municipal Tickets Issued
2 / 5 Disputed or Awaiting Trial
1 / 0 Heard at Trial

na / 171 Bylaw Offence Notices Issued
na / 25 Bylaw Offence Notices Disputed
na / 4 Heard at Adjudication
na / 3 Dangerous Dog Applications Concluded by Consent Order
na / 0 Dangerous Dog Applications Pending for trial or Outstanding

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.pdf icon April 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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WE GOT TWO DIFFERENT ANSWERS ABOUT BARKING STATS

 


This 2011 letter from RDCO says:
Please be aware that 2010 was the only year staff completed an assessment of the types of complaints gathered throughout the year -- one stat was barking dogs.

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2013 Budget/2014 Proposed Budget for Dog Control Comparison

2013/2014 General Revenue Fund Budget

Revenue             2013 / 2014
Dog Licensing $333,550 / $390,000
Tax Requisition - Kelowna $573,510 / $583,829
Tax Requisition - Peachland $28,403 / $27,817
Tax Requisition - Lake Country $61,847 / $62,571
Tax Requisition - West Kelowna $146,878 / $147,455
Tax Requisition - Central Okanagan West $21,996 / $21,863
Tax Requisition - Central Okanagan East $17,890 / $18,130
Previous Years Deficit -$37,056 / $74,938
Other Revenue (WFN) $500.00 / $0.00
Impounding $42,000 / $35,000
Ticketing $20,000 / $5,000
Bylaw Adjudication $0.00 / $20,000
Admin Overhead -$136,965 / -$165,203
Total Revenue $1,072,553 / $1,221,400

Expenses
Operations -$947,553 / -$1,071,400
Grant to SPCA -$67,000 / -$92,000
Transfer to Equipment Reserves -$28,000 / -$28,000
Transfer to Facilities Reserves -$30,000 / -$30,000
Total Expenses -$1,072,553 / $1,221,400

FTE (Fulltime Equivalent) 9.138 / 10.460
2013 Residential Tax Rate (per $1000 of assessment) 0.0242
2014 Residential Tax Rate (per $1000 of assessment) 0.0245
TOTAL TAX REQUISITION $850,524 / $861,665

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General Capital Fund Budget

Revenue
Transfer from Facilities Reserve $67,700 / $39,730
Sale of Asset $6,000 / $5,500
Transfer from Equipment Reserves $53,000 / $37,607
Total Revenue $126,700 / $82,837

Expenses
Vehicles -$59,000 / -$36,090
Computer Equipment -$8,000 / -$3,008
Software -$24,700 (for online dog licencing) / -$19,285
Security -$10,000 / -$7,750
Kennel Irrigation -$25,000 / -$10,150
Kennel Improvements - $0.00 / -$3,045
Bicycles - $0.00 / -$3,509
Total Expenses -$126,700 / -$82,837

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Note at bottom of page says Increases in 2013 Expenses
Payroll $18,000 / $119,600
Advertising $25,000 / $25,000
Legal $14,000 / $
Building Repair and Maintenance $4,000 / $
Bylaw Notice Registry $3,500 / $
Security Services $6,000 / $
Misc $3,000 / $

There are more notes that I am not going to type out. Click the links below to read them
 

2013 Budget figures are from
March 28, 2013 Board Agenda (found on page 102)
.pdf icon Item 5.3 2013 2017 Financial Plan Bylaw No 1324

2014 Budget figures are from
Feb 27, 2014 RDCO Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda
.pdf icon Item 4.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement

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A preliminary budget has been developed for 2013 which includes: $20,000 for consulting fees;
(found on page 2)

Feb 25, 2013 RDCO Board Agenda
.pdf icon Item 10.1 Dog Control Service Review Update

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Figure 4.1 Suggested Changes for Budget
Anticipated Impact of $15,000 for Consulting - Continued use of consultant to assist with facilitating Dog Control Resource Group meetings, to assist in planning and implementing other stakeholder opportunities (e.g., public open house, meeting with service providers), and to assist on other implementation tasks (e.g., development of indicators for quarterly reports, development of policies to guide implementation). (page 15)

2013 - 2014 RDCO Dog Control Resource Group Terms of Reference
From Dec 9, 2013 RDCO Board Meeting Agenda
.pdf icon Item 5.1 Dog Control Service Model Implementation Update

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CLICK HERE FOR ACTUAL REVENUE AND EXPENSES

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% OF COMPLAINTS vs. % OF POPULATION 2010 2010% 2012 2012% 2013 2013% 2014 % 2015 %
(% of population)                    
City of Kelowna 119,229 (66.30%)     1,572 66.84 1,503 62.99        
District of Lake Country 11,708 (6.51%)     180 7.65 234 9.81        
District of Peachland 5,200 (2.89%)     84 3.57 92 3.86        
District of West Kelowna 30,892 (17.18%)     396 16.84 425 17.81        
Central Okanagan East 3,795 (2.11%)     48 2.04 60 2.51        
Central Okanagan West 1,947 (1.08%)     60 2.55 64 2.68        
Westbank First Nation 7,068 (3.93%)     12 0.51 8 0.34        
TOTAL (2011 Regional District Total Population 179,839)     2,352 100 2,386 100        
                     
% OF IMPOUNDS vs. % OF POPULATION 2010 2010% 2012 2012% 2013 2013% 2014 % 2015 %
(% of population)                    
City of Kelowna 119,229 (66.30%) 538 69.51 468 72.22 420 66.46        
District of Lake Country 11,708 (6.51%) 49 6.33 36 5.56 27 4.27        
District of Peachland 5,200 (2.89%) 22 2.84 12 1.85 78 12.34        
District of West Kelowna 30,892 (17.18%) 124 16.02 84 12.96 77 12.18        
Central Okanagan East 3,795 (2.11%) 19 2.45 12 1.85 12 1.90        
Central Okanagan West 1,947 (1.08%) 3 0.39 0 0 6 0.99        
Westbank First Nation 7,068 (3.93%) 19 2.45 36 5.56 12 1.90        
TOTAL from above

774

100

648 100 632 100        
TOTAL Dogs Impounded from RDCO Annual Report

774

  685   632          

Online Percentage Calculator

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From RDCO Annual Reports and other Stats

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Dog Complaints at Pound               2,364 2,386
Dog Complaints from RDCO Annual Reports 2,892 2,524 2,403 2,164 1,993 2,286 2,857 2,363 2,596
Dogs Claimed         43 monthly average=516 516  
                   
Total Licenses Sold     9,737 10,457 10,487 11,275   12,818 16,908
Dog Licenses Issued ( from graph) 9,224 9,476 9,833 10,457 10,487 11,155 12,507 12,818 16,908
TOTAL Licenses Sold from RDCO Annual Reports 9,224 9,476 9,833 10,457 10,487 11,155 12,507 12,818 16,908
Dogs Impounded without a license                 201
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Dangerous Dogs from RDCO Annual Reports           400      
Emergency Callouts           80      
                   
Aggressive/Dangerous Dog Tickets         43 monthly average=516 516 62
Aggressive/Dangerous Complaints According to Castanet.net article Jan 31, 2014 Tail end of time for dog bylaw comments 412 392 350
Adjudication Tickets               0  
Consent Orders

Consent orders started in 2013 with Diesel a German Shepherd mix

  ? 2
Conditional Orders

Conditional orders started in 2012 with Tali a German Shepherd

     
TOTAL TICKETS from above         43 monthly average=516 516+  
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Killed another animal

RDCO Dog Control Performance Measures January to June 30, 2011

     
Bites on People      
Aggressive with People      
Aggressive with Animals      
Euthanized      
Tickets      
Warnings      
Seized      
NA      
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Destroyed Bylaw Initiated               ? 17
Destroyed Owner Initiated (aggression)               ? 6
Destroyed Owner Initiated (fee charged)               ? 21
Destroyed Other (not adoptable or by SPCA)               ? 8
Surrender Euthanize           18      
TOTAL DESTROYED 259 219 113 91 108 81 107 84 52
TOTAL EUTHANIZED from RDCO Annual Report 259 219 113 91 108 81 107 83 52
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
COMPLAINTS                  
City of Kelowna               1,572 1,503
District of Lake Country               180 234
District of Peachland               84 92
District of West Kelowna               396 425
Central Okanagan East               48 60
Central Okanagan West               60 64
Westbank First Nation               12 8
TOTAL               2,352 2,386
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
IMPOUNDED                  
City of Kelowna           538   468 420
District of Lake Country           49   36 27
District of Peachland           22   12 78
District of West Kelowna           124   84 77
Central Okanagan East           19   12 12
Central Okanagan West           3   0 6
Westbank First Nation           19   36 12
TOTAL from above           774 750 648 632
TOTAL Dogs Impounded from RDCO Annual Report 1,111 1,128 874 886 774 774 750 685 632
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Dogs for SPCA           65 45 72 66
Dogs Adopted                 10
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Dog Bylaw Violation Tickets from RDCO Annual Report 324 218 338 401 401 254 552 513 658
Bylaw Offence Notices                 659
Bylaw Violations ( from graph) 324 218 338 401 401 254 552 513 655
Dog Non Complaint Responses from RDCO Annual Reports           923 483 246 232
Dogs Reunited with Owners                 504
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Tickets Issued     338 401 401 254      
Disputed Tickets     92 51 30 16 34 58 at Sept  
Lost Stayed or Withdrawn Tickets     12 13 28 17      
Successful Tickets     8 14 30 8      
Ticket Revenue     $19,577 $24,986 $19,523 $14,855      
Dogs Impounded Revenue     $42,225 $47,897 $42,443 $56,817      
License Revenue     $184,201 $197,151 $198,840 $277,681      
TOTAL REVENUE     $246,003 $270,034 $260,806 $349,353      
  2005
pg 96
2006
pg 96
2007
pg 68
2008
pg 71
2009
pg 50
2010
pg 53
2011
pg 56
2012
pg 62
2013
pg 102
TOTAL Ticket/Impound/License from bylaws info $216,000 $225,000 $240,000 $230,000 $260,000 $310,000 $334,000 $365,000  

Dog Licensing Revenue

                $333,550

Impounding Revenue

                $42,000

Ticketing Revenue

                $20,000

Total from Above

                $395,550
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Licenses Issued     9,737 10,457 10,487 11,275 12,507 12,818 16,908
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
At Large           649      
Aggression           401      
Assist           36      
Barking           417      
Feces           54      
Parks           136      
Patrol Requests           65      
Pick Up           333      
Surrender Euthanize           18      
Too many dogs           40      
Various           137      
TOTAL OF ABOVE           2,286      

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Feb 25, 2013 Board Agenda
Item 10.1 Dog Control Service Review Update

A preliminary budget has been developed for 2013 which includes: $20,000 for consulting fees;
(found on page 2)

Contract the SPCA to perform dog adoptions for the Dog Control Service.
In place. The RDCO provides $12,000 annually for this to occur. 72 dogs adopted to SPCA in 2012, 45 in 2011 and 65 in 2010. Actual cost to SPCA for caring for a dog is $485.
(found on page 10)

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$12,000 divided by (2012 = 72 dogs) = $166.67

$12,000 divided by (2011 = 45 dogs) = $266.67

$12,000 divided by (2010 = 65 dogs) = $184.62

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From RDCO Annual Reports and other Stats

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD
Jan-Jun 2011
2011 2012 YTD
MAY 2013
Dog Complaints at Pound             1122   2,364 1,003
Dog Complaints from RDCO Annual Reports 2,892 2,524 2,403 2,164 1,993 2,286   2,857 2,363  
Aggressive/dangerous dogs involved             246      
Dogs Claimed           43 monthly average=516 516 190
                     
Total Licenses Sold     9,737 10,457 10,487 11,275     12,818 11,060
TOTAL Licenses Sold from RDCO Annual Reports 9,224 9,476 9,833 10,457 10,487 11,155   12,507 12,818  
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Dangerous Dogs from RDCO Annual Reports           400        
Emergency Callouts           80        
                     
Aggressive/Dangerous Dog Tickets             203   516 24
Adjudication Tickets                 0 230
Consent Orders

Consent orders started in 2013 with Diesel a German Shepherd mix

  ? 1
Conditional Orders

Conditional orders started in 2012 with Tali a German Shepherd

     
TOTAL TICKETS from above                 516+ 255
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Killed another animal

RDCO Dog Control Performance Measures January to June 30, 2011

9      
Bites on People 51      
Aggressive with People 113      
Aggressive with Animals 73      
Euthanized 14      
Tickets 79      
Warnings 158      
Seized 5      
NA 2      
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Destroyed Bylaw Initiated                 ? 10
Destroyed Owner Initiated (aggression)                 ? 1
Destroyed Owner Initiated (fee charged)                 ? 6
Destroyed Other (not adoptable or by SPCA)                 ? 6
Surrender Euthanize           18        
TOTAL DESTROYED 259 219 113 91 108 81   107 84 23
TOTAL EUTHANIZED from RDCO Annual Report 259 219 113 91 108 81   107 83  
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
COMPLAINTS                    
City of Kelowna                 1,572 627
District of Lake Country                 180 94
District of Peachland                 84 41
District of West Kelowna                 396 176
Central Okanagan East                 48 28
Central Okanagan West                 60 34
Westbank First Nation                 12 3
TOTAL                 2,352 1,003
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
IMPOUNDED                    
City of Kelowna           538     468 161
District of Lake Country           49     36 29
District of Peachland           22     12 4
District of West Kelowna           124     84 35
Central Okanagan East           19     12 9
Central Okanagan West           3     0 0
Westbank First Nation           19     36 6
TOTAL from above           774     648 244
TOTAL Dogs Impounded from RDCO Annual Report 1,111 1,128 874 886 774 774   750 685  
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Dogs for SPCA                 72 29
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Dog Bylaw Violation Tickets from RDCO Annual Report 324 218 338 401 401 254   552 513  
Dog Non Complaint Responses from RDCO Annual Reports           923   483 246  
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Tickets Issued     338 401 401 254        
Disputed Tickets     92 51 30 16        
Lost Stayed or Withdrawn Tickets     12 13 28 17        
Successful Tickets     8 14 30 8        
Ticket Revenue     $19,577 $24,986 $19,523 $14,855        
Dogs Impounded Revenue     $42,225 $47,897 $42,443 $56,817        
License Revenue     $184,201 $197,151 $198,840 $277,681        
TOTAL REVENUE     $246,003 $270,034 $260,806 $349,353        
  2005
pg 96
2006
pg 96
2007
pg 68
2008
pg 71
2009
pg 50
2010
pg 53
YTD2011 2011
pg 56
2012 YTD2013
TOTAL Ticket/Impound/License from bylaws info $216,000 $225,000 $240,000 $230,000 $260,000 $310,000   $334,000    
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
Licenses Issued     9,737 10,457 10,487 11,275        
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 YTD2011 2011 2012 YTD2013
At Large           649        
Aggression           401        
Assist           36        
Barking           417        
Feces           54        
Parks           136        
Patrol Requests           65        
Pick Up           333        
Surrender Euthanize           18        
Too many dogs           40        
Various           137        
TOTAL OF ABOVE           2,286        

From .pdf icon June 13, 2013 RDCO Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda
Item 6.1 Dog Control Service Review Update

 

POPULATION

City of Kelowna 119,229
District of Lake Country 11,708
District of Peachland 5,200
District of West Kelowna 30,892
Central Okanagan East 3,795
Central Okanagan West 1,947
Westbank First Nation 7,068
TOTAL POPULATION 179,839

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RDCO Board Meeting Dec 9, 2013

RDCO provided one month (October, 2013) amnesty program for owners of unlicensed dogs. Issued 3,614 new licences - a 28% increase in total number of licenses in place.

Dog license fees have been held constant. Annual fee of $20 for altered dogs among lowest in province (only major jurisdiction with lower rate is Fraser Valley Regional District).  Much lower than Calgary ($36) Surrey ($34) Penticton ($31) Victoria ($30) and Winnipeg ($29).

Fee for licensed dog's first impoundment is reduced to $0; RDCO will deliver the dog to owner (Le., first time is "free ride home,")

Two Consent Orders completed in 2011; Eight in 2012 and two in 2013. Three of Orders in 2012 breached, resulting in euthanasia of dogs.

Source: Dec 9, 2013 RDCO Board Meeting Item 5.1 Dog Control Service Model Implementation Update

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January 31, 2014

Responsible Dog Ownership Catching On In Central Okanagan

The efforts to encourage, support and reward responsible dog ownership in the Central Okanagan appear to be catching on.

Information for the Dog Service during 2013 shows positive steps in several important statistical categories.

During the past year, the number of licensed dogs in the Central Okanagan grew by almost 30%. At the end of 2013, there were just over 16,900 licensed dogs in the region. Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Over the past decade, there’s been a gradual increase in the number of owners getting their dog licensed. But the sharp rise last year is likely due to several factors. More than 3,800 new licenses were provided during the October Free Dog License Amnesty program. In addition, advance public awareness of the higher $300 fine and the zero tolerance for any dog found without a license that took effect January 1st helped to spur many dog owners to ensure their dog is licensed.”

Efforts over the past few years to promote the expected behaviours and attitudes of responsible dog ownership also seem to be paying off. During 2013, there were 632 dogs impounded, down from 685 in 2012 continuing a ten year downward trend. Smith adds, “By encouraging, supporting and rewarding responsible dog owners, and holding those that choose not to be responsible and good neighbours, we are seeing fewer incidents and conflicts involving dogs and other animals or people.”

As well, the number of Aggressive and Dangerous Dog complaints is continuing to fall. In 2011, there were 412 complaints. In 2012 there were 392 and last year there were 350 complaints involving aggressive or dangerous dogs in the Central Okanagan. Smith says, “We would hope that as more dog owners care and control their pets at all times, on and off their property, there will be fewer chances of serious conflicts involving dogs, animals and people.”

The number of dogs humanely euthanized by the Regional District continues its annual decline from a high of 306 in 2003 to 52 last year, which included 27 initiated by individual dog owners.

Information on Responsible Dog Ownership and the Regional Dog Service can be found anytime at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.

Licensed dog owners are reminded February 28th is the deadline for renewing their 2014 license. Renewals starting March 1st will have a $20 late fee added.

The annual fee for a dog that has been spayed or neutered is $20 while a dog license for those that have not costs $60.

Permanent license holders may renew online or in person. New licenses may be purchased at the Regional District office (1450 KLO Road), the Regional Dog Pound (860 Weddell Place), each main local government office and at the Kelowna branch of the SPCA (3785 Casorso Road). North Westside Road dog owners may also renew or purchase a license when staff is available at the main Firehall (514 Udell Road) in Killiney Beach.

All dog owners purchasing a license for the first time will also receive a My Dog Matters Responsible Dog Owners rewards card that can be used for discounts and special services at more than 35 local businesses listed on the mydogmatters.ca program website.

Source: RDCO What's New

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

The Regional Board has received information and statistics regarding the Dog Control Service activity during 2013. There were 16,908 dogs licensed in the Central Okanagan at the end of 2013, a 24% increase over 2012. In addition, there were 632 dogs impounded during 2013, down from 685 in 2012 and continuing a ten year downward trend. The number of dogs euthanized is also decreasing annually: from a high of 306 in 2003 to 52 last year which includes 27 that were initiated by individual dog owners.

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Dog Control Statistics 2013

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Bylaw Officer Appointment

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2013 Dog Control Statistics from January 27, 2014 RDCO Board Agenda Item 7.1

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Executive Summary:
Debbie Wood has joined our Dog Control department on January 20,2014, as a Dog Control Officer II. Debbie is filling a full time position which was vacated by a retirement. She has previously been employed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer with RDCO Dog Control from 1991 - 1998, and recently, as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer with the City of Williams Lake and Thompson Nicola Regional District.

James Goddard has been employed as a Dog Control Officer I, relief, since October 12,2013. He has been training with full time staff and working to cover absences by staff.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Debbie Wood be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan;
AND FURTHER THAT James Goddard be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. CORPORATE SERVICES

Dog Control Services

7.1 Dog Control Statistics to December 31, 2013 (for information only) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was noted that the statistics show some very positive outcomes with increase in licensing, reduction in impounds and decrease in euthanization. These statistics should be celebrated and staff was encouraged to publicize them.

STACK/GIVEN
THAT the Dog Control Statistics to December 31,2013 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Bylaw Enforcement:

7.2 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment - Debbie Wood & James Goddard (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/STACK
THAT Debbie Wood be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan;

AND FURTHER THAT James Goddard be appointed as a Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control Officer for the Dog Control Bylaws and dog related issues of the Parks Bylaws while employed with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

12.1 Director Gray questioned whether a letter has been received from the Small Dog Rescue Society regarding how they can receive dog licenses.
Staff noted a letter has been received and is being responded to. It was noted the Society has applied for a 2014 regional grant in aid.

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.pdf icon October 10, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Dog Control Service Update

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

Dog Control Bylaw - to be renamed Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw

o Drafting of the dog control bylaw. A second draft of the bylaw has been reviewed with the Resource Group. It is anticipated the bylaw will be brought forward in early November for first and second readings and then advertised for public comment.

o On Line Licensing for Everyone Coming in 2014 - to date only renewals, with permanent tags can be done on line, but beginning in January 2014 the online option will be available to everyone purchasing a license. This will make it convenient for dog owners to license their pets.

o Staff shortage - one of our long-time dog control officers retired in September, as well one casual staff has left and the other is filling a term position created when one officer went on leave. The HR department is working with staff to fill these vacant positions.

As stated previously, Allan Neilson will provide a further update to the Board on the Dog Control Implementation Plan at its November 14th meeting. In the meantime, staff continues to work hard to build an effective, efficient service we can all be proud of.

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.pdf icon October 10, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7. Corporate Services

7.1 Dog Control Service Update

Staff report dated October 2, 103 provided an update on the Dog Control Service and the programs being offered to dog owners across the region including:
o Resource Group: Consultant, Allan Neilson, has formed the Dog Control Resource Group. To date two meetings have been held with another planned in mid-October. Neilson will update the Board in early November on the progress of the Dog Control Implementation Plan.
o Drafting of the dog control bylaw. A second draft of the bylaw has been reviewed with the Resource Group. It is anticipated the bylaw will be brought forward in early November for first and second readings and then advertised for public comment.
o My Dog Matters Rewards Program - My Dog Matters Rewards Program and My Dog Matters.ca website was introduced over the summer and has been well received. To date 35 businesses have signed up to participate in the program.
o Swap Annual Dog License Tags for Permanent Tags - In September, staff began a program of switching annual tags for permanent. This swap affects approximately 7,200 dog owners. To date, over 1,700 dog owners have taken advantage of the program.
o Amnesty License Program - October is Amnesty Month! This is a one-time, no cost opportunity to make unlicensed dogs legal. During the month of October, the Regional District is providing a free 2013 dog license to owners of unlicensed
dogs across the region. Within the first days of the program over 100 dog owners are coming in per day to license their dogs!
o Staff continue to work with the SPCA to adopt healthy, adoptable dogs, and build on the great relationship we have developed between both organizations.

The Board has previously approved the 3-year Memorandum of Understanding with the SPCA.

Staff reviewed the early success of the amnesty program--750 new dogs have been licensed to date. The program ends Oct. 31. A question was raised regarding what level of fine is being considered in the 2014 for non-licensed dogs. Staff noted the
resource group is recommending a fine of between $300-$500. The fines will form part of the new dog control bylaw for consideration by the Regional Board.

ZIMMERMANN/EDGSON
THAT the Governance & Services Committee receive for information the September 2013 Dog Control statistics and the Dog Control Service update.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 29, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Dog Control Statistics June

YEAR TO DATE Jan 2013 - May 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Control Report Jun 13, 2013

1,003 TOTAL COMPLAINTS

COMPLAINTS BY AREA
City of Kelowna 627
District of Lake Country 94
District of Peachland 41
District of West Kelowna 176
East Electoral Area 28
West Electoral Area 34
Westbank First Nation 3

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244 Impounded
24 Aggressive/Dangerous Dog Municipal Tickets
1 Consent Order
2 Sold
29 Sent to the SPCA

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244 TOTAL IMPOUNDED

DOGS IMPOUNDED BY AREA
City of Kelowna 161
District of Lake Country 29
District of Peachland 4
District of West Kelowna 35
East Electoral Area 9
West Electoral Area 0
Westbank First Nation 6

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23 Total DESTROYED
10 Destroyed were Bylaw Initiated
1 Destroyed by Owner for Aggression
6 Destroyed by Owner and a fee was charged
6 WERE NOT ADOPTABLE


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.pdf icon July 29, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. CORPORATE SERVICES

10.1 Dog Control Statistics (June 2013) for information only (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Dog Control Service statistics for the month of June 2013 were provided for the Board's information. Staff took the opportunity to update the Board on the 'My Dog Matters' Responsible Dog Owner Rewards Program. The program will be rolled out to current dog licensees this week. The program provides owners who have licensed their dog to obtain special discounts are participating businesses. It was further noted, that current licensees are being asked to swap their annual license tags for the new permanent tag which will provide dog owners to renew online in 2014 instead of making a special trip to renew and pick up a new tag-the permanent tag will remain with the dog through its life.

The resource group will be meeting in August to discuss plans to move forward with the implementation plan.

Mydogmatters.ca website is now in operation.

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Dog Control Statistics for the month of June 2013, and update on the 'My Dog Matters' Rewards program be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Dog Control Service Review Update

Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg. Date: June 13, 2013

Regional Board Report
TO: Regional Board
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin Manager - Corporate Services
DATE: June 5,2013
SUBJECT: Dog Control Service Review Update

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Dog Control statistics for May 2013 and update on the Dog Control Implementation Plan be received for information.

Purpose:
To provide an update on the Dog Control Service Review Implementation Plan.

A new service model is to be centred around responsible dog ownership.

Implications of Recommendation:
Strategic Plan: Provide a cost effective dog control service that encourages responsible dog ownership and protects public safety.

Organizational: Focus staff resources for the development of a new Dog Control Service based on responsible dog ownership.

Policy: Dog Control Bylaw - to be renamed Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw

Background:
At the February 25, 2013 Board meeting, an update on the Dog 90ntrol Service Review was received and staff was directed to provide quarterly progress reports. Neilson Consulting Inc. has been contracted to assist the Regional District with the Implementation Plan approved by the Board on October 22, 2012. Mr. Neilson began working with staff in late May and will
update the Board on the 'next steps' at the June 24th meeting.

In the meantime, staff continues to undertake steps to provide a more valued, cost effective service, including:

o Discussion with Allan Neilson to help lead the implementation process. Allan Neilson has been contracted to help lead the process, developing a Resource Group and overseeing the public process going forward.
o Redrafting the dog control bylaw. Staff has begun this process, taking into account Calgary's responsible dog bylaw, as well as other local government bylaws. It was anticipated that a draft would be available by the end of May but due to staff workload redrafting of the bylaw has just begun. It is anticipated a first draft will be completed by months end.
o Monthly Dog Statistics - are provided for information and will be presented monthly for the Board's information.
o Consent Orders are being used effectively. Dog owners who have recently been faced with their dog being deemed dangerous, and who do not want to have their dog put down or face court action under the Community Charter, continue to be receptive to consent orders. In May, a teenager received a severe bite to the face and the dog was deemed dangerous. The owner refused to have the dog euthanized but agreed to a consent order.
o Steps continue to revamp dog licensing so licenses can be paid online. The plan is to move to permanent licensing for full implementation in January 2014. Staff will seek assistance from municipal partners to sell permanent licenses (currently only Lake Country does).
o Rewards Program - A marketing summer student has been hired to assist in developing the new rewards program for owners of licensed dogs.
o Staff continue to update the dog control section of the Regional District website on being a responsible dog owner.
o Staff Training - We have been fortunate to have Brad Pattison, host of the TV show "At the End of My Leash" provide a session to our dog control staff on handling aggressive/dangerous dogs. Safety is key and it is important to learn new skills to assist our staff in these situations.
o Staff continue to work with the SPCA - staff to staff meetings have been recently held at the Dog Pound as well as the SPCA facility. Staff continues to work cooperatively with the SPCA.

Conclusion:
This update is being provided for information only. Allan Neilson will provide a further report to the Board at its June 24th regular meeting.

Submitted by:
Mary Jane Drouin
Manager-Corporate Services


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.pdf icon June 13, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Corporate Services

6.1 Dog Control Service Review Update

Staff report dated June 5, 2013 provided the May 2013 statistics for the dog control service, as well as an update on the progress of the implementation plan. Allan Nielson has been contracted to assist staff with the implementation and will be
reporting further at the end of the month. Staff continues work on redrafting the bylaw and development of a rewards program for licensed dog owners. The rewards program is called 'My Dog Matters' Rewards Program. Dog Control staff continue to be out checking for licenses. The Rewards program will be introduced next month and will add value for the licensee. Staff will continue to work with previous vendors, vets, trainers, etc. to encourage involvement in the rewards program. The hope is, for example, all vets would encourage their client's dogs to be licensed.

One of the key goals of the implementation plan is to have all dogs licensed but zero tolerance being instituted by January 2014.

Director Findlater arrived at 8:35 a.m.

The question was raised regarding off leash and what the penalty currently is - the fine is $100. Licensing will move to permanent, on-line in 2014 and sold through the RDCO and municipal offices.

HANSON/STACK
THAT the Dog Control statistics for May 2013 and update on the Dog Control Implementation Plan be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Bylaw Adjudication Participation

The Regional Board has taken the first step in a process that will see the Regional District participate with other local governments in the Southern Interior Bylaw Adjudication program. Approval for RDCO participation is required by the Provincial Cabinet and may take up to three months before Board consideration of a formal Bylaw Notice Enforcement bylaw. The Bylaw Adjudication program is designed to provide a simpler, speedier and more cost effective resolution for minor bylaw infractions, rather than going through the court system. Once participating, staff expects most RDCO bylaws will be processed through the adjudication program at a cost to the RDCO of $3,959.22 for 2013. Aggressive and Dangerous dog infractions will continue to be processed through the Community Charter and the Municipal Ticketing system as they are more complex, require a higher burden of proof and result in stricter measures of control.

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
7.1 Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication System (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated November 16th outlined that further to Board discussion on the Regional District's participation in the bylaw notice dispute adjudication system, which replaces the Provincial Court ticketing system as a venue for resolving
disputes pertaining to minor bylaw breaches, staff have confirmed that it will be possible for the Regional District to participate in this system for minor bylaw infractions including: parks, zoning, noise, animal, unsightly premises, fire and
water infractions and minor dog control tickets. This system does not replace any action under the Community Charter for dangerous dog applications.

New partners to the system are invited in September of each year, and as the RDCO was contemplating the move to join the SIBNDA group supported a resolution for the RDCO to join subject to Regional Board approval. The process for final approval and implementation will take approximately 3 months to complete.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan agrees to establish and partner in the Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System with the Southern Interior Bylaw Notice Dispute Adjudication Registry Group.;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District forward a copy of the resolution indicating its intent to establish a bylaw dispute resolution system to the Court Services Branch, Ministry of Justice.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon January 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegations

5.1 Suzanne Pugh - Kelowna Branch Manager, BC SPCA re: Annual Update of Funding Provided to the SPCA Suzanne Pugh provided an update on the programs of the SPCA as well as the programs the Regional District supports through the 3-year MOU (expired December 31, 2011) including:

  •  2011 operational summary on the number of animals spayed/neutered with the SNIF program (524 cats, 214 dogs and 2 rabbits). It was noted that the Kelowna branch introduced a 100% spay and neuter policy in July 2011.

  • It Humane education - goal to continuing the education program including when adopting an animal it's for life.

A review of the services the SPCA provides was outlined.
- Cruelty investigations.
- Animals no longer wanted - surrendered by owner.
- Movement of animals in and out of the shelter - triage system in place.
- Unwanted liter is a serious issue across the province, as well as in the Central Okanagan.
- SPCA vaccinates and spay/neuters all animals coming into the shelter.
- Subsidized spay and neuter program from the funds received from the RDCO include 740 animals.
- Entire spay and neuter program cost to the end of October 2011 is $55,000.
- One cruelty investigation officer - Peachland to the North Okanagan.
- Education - 16 school programs, summer camps.

It was noted that the MOU will be reviewed and considered at budget. As the Dog Control Services is undergoing a service review in 2012, it may be appropriate to consider a one year MOU at this time.

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DID YOU KNOW?

THAT REVENUES FROM DOG LICENSING, IMPOUNDS AND TICKETING ONLY CONTRIBUTE APPROXIMATELY 35% TO THE ANNUAL DOG CONTROL BUDGET?

Government protects people from animals. Animal welfare protects animals from people.

see page 3 of Item 6.1 RDCO Governance and Services Committee Agenda held August 12, 2010.

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Financial Plan 2011 - 2015 Bylaw No. 1289, 2011
2011 RDCO Financial Plan bylaw #1289
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51 total bites, 2 seized, 10 euthanized, 30 tickets, 21 warnings first half of 2011

RDCO Dog Control Performance Measures January to June 30, 2011

August 22, 2011 .pdf icon RDCO Board Agenda - .pdf icon Item 11.1 Staff Report on Dangerous Dogs.pdf

.pdf icon RDCO Board Minutes

The RDCO routinely investigates complaints about aggressive or dangerous dogs as defined in Dog Control Bylaw No. 366. These complaints range from allegations about dogs that behave in an aggressive manner by charging or chasing, to minor or major injury, or killing of a domestic or companion animal. In 2010, 400 aggressive or dangerous dog complaints were investigated.

To demonstrate the disproportionate weight of the types of complaints in the RDCO, the City of Calgary also investigated 400 complaints in 2010, however the population in the RDCO is only 18% of Calgary's population. The Capital Regional District which has a population of 156,000 dealt with only 122 dangerous dog complaints in 2010.

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From Health Canada's website about NOISE

Closing Comments

When Canadians were asked whether they were bothered, disturbed or annoyed by noise outside your home, about half indicated that they were bothered by noise and half were not.

When asked which type of noises bothered them most, two-thirds of respondents identified a noise from outside their home that bothered them. More than 51% of those sampled were bothered by one type of noise. Another 15% were bothered by two or more types of noise.  The most common noises that bothered Canadians were road traffic, animals outside, other people, off road traffic and children outside.

These findings indicate that between half and two-thirds of Canadians are bothered by noises outside their homes. Differences in the extent that they were bothered by noise were found by community size, age, education and whether or not they had a partner.

References
1.Environment Canada, Health and the Environment, 2001
2.World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/docstore/peh/noise/guidelines2.html
3.Health Canada, Health and the Environment - The Built Environment, 1997.
4.Health Canada, Health and the Environment - The Built Environment, 1997.

Source: Health Canada - Noise: HealthInsider No. 7, 2002 - Table of Contents

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Don't see anything in this 2007 WFN services agreement with RDCO for dog control??  WFN stopped paying for dog control in 2007 according to RDCO's Financial Plans below.  This is the same year that Director Jim Edgson became a Regional Director for COW which includes WFN.
.pdf icon Services Agreement between RDCO and WFN

Dog owners living on Westbank First Nation (WFN) Reserve lands may purchase Westbank First Nation licenses through the WFN, 301-515 Highway 97 South. For information call 769-4999. Source RDCO's website

The Regional District also provides contract Pound services and assistance as requested for the Westbank First Nation reserve lands only. Services are NOT provided for the Okanagan Indian Band IR # 7 lands in the Lake Country area. Source RDCO's website.

No. 2005-04 WFN Dog and Cat Control Law
6. IMPOUNDING OF DOGS AND CATS
6.1 Council will itself, or contract to, establish and operate a Pound for the impounding of dogs and cats pursuant to the provisions of this Law.
6.2 Council will, from time to time, as may be required, appoint or contract with a Poundkeeper, who will operate a Pound for the impounding of dogs and cats pursuant to the provisions of this Law.
6.3 Council will, from time to time, as may be required, appoint or contract with a Dog and Cat Control Officer to enforce the provisions of this Law.
http://www.wfn.ca/black-bear/wfnlaws.htm

WFN provides joint venture services with the District of West Kelowna, the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and the Okanagan Regional Library for a public library, Johnson Bentley Pool, Mount Boucherie Arena, Westside Senior's Centre, fire protection and emergency services, Crime Stoppers and Victim Police Services.
http://www.wfn.ca/siya/advcouncil.htm

Westbank First Nation has service agreements with the following:

* Regional District of Central Okanagan
* District of West Kelowna
* Okanagan Regional Library Board
* BC Assessment

Services included in the service agreement with the Regional District of Central Okanagan are:

* Regional Rescue Services
* 911 Operations/Dept
* Crime Stoppers
* Victims Witness
* Westside Transit
* Handi-Dart
* Septic Tank Effluent Dump
* Westside Sanitary Landfill
* Okanagan Basin Water Board
* Regional Parks

Services included in the service agreement with the District of West Kelowna are:

* Mount Boucherie Recreation Centre
* Westside Senior's Centre
* Johnson Bentley Pool

Westside Fire protection is administered by West Kelowna through a separate agreement from the Local Government Services Agreement. Library Services are provided by Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Regional Library Board. BC Assessment provides property assessment services.

Don't see any dog control service agreements WFN has with RDCO or West Kelowna??  So who pays for WFN dog control when RDCO assists and provides pound service?

RDCO Dog Control Financial Plan Budget Projections
Click the year to see where we found these figures

  2011
pg 56
2010
pg 53
2009
pg 50
2008
pg 71
2007
pg 68
2006
pg 96
2005
pg 96
Dog Licensing, Impounding & Tickets revenue 334,000 310,000 260,000 230,000 240,000 225,000 216,000
Electoral Areas
Electoral Areas
includes COW, COE and West Kelowna
n/a n/a n/a n/a 114,184 95,497 86,200
Central Okanagan West tax requisition only

18,969

19,371

17,318

14,858 Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas
Central Okanagan East 13,915 14,010 11,802 10,200 Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas
Kelowna 441,932 435,100 384,907 380,757 397,057 334,107 308,341
Peachland 21,826 21,816 19,026 16,360 16,509 14,232 12,959
Lake Country 47,365 47,314 42,740 37,083 35,140 28,747 25,317
West Kelowna 118,131 114,981 104,373 93,627 Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas Included in Electoral Areas
Tickets, WFN & Other

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?? ?? ?? 21,880 16,859
Total Tax Requisition 662,138 652,592 580,166 552,885 562,890 472,583 + WFN 432,817 + WFN
Total Revenue 996,138 962,592 840,166 782,885 802,890 675,703 + WFN 648,817 + WFN
               
Surplus/Deficit 87,839 Surplus 33,469 Surplus 68,831 Surplus 75,453 Surplus 8,694 Surplus 31,067 Surplus 6,597 Surplus
               
Operations 800,791 747,771 699,998 669,325 615,324 630,937 551,130
Grants to the SPCA 67,000 67,000 67,000 64,500 64,500 51,836 Doesn't say there was a grant
Dept Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0 10,718
Transfer to Equipment Reserves 28,000 25,000 0 10,000 10,000 0 20,000
Transfer to Capital 15,000 0 21,000 0 0 20,000 5,000
Transfer to Facilities Reserve 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 10,000 0
Administration Overhead expense
(don't know why this is listed under revenue as a negative amount, but we moved it to expense to see the true expense)
143,186 126,290 90,999 84,513 91,760 89,593 85,425
Total Expenses 1,083,977 996,061 908,997 858,338 811,584 802,366 672,273
               
Property tax rate 0.0184 0.0186 0.0167 0.0140 0.0173 0.0185 0.0199
FTE's 8.78 8.30 8.31 8.36 Doesn't say Doesn't say Doesn't say
               
Vehicles 29,000 28,000 28,000 28,000 28,000 26,000 26,000
Voice Over IP 0 0 0 0 0 0 5,000
Software 15,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kennel Irrigation 20,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roof 10,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Upgrade Mechanical and Roof 0 130,000 0 0 0 0 0
HVAC 100,000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Expenses 174,000 158,000 28,000 28,000 28,000 26,000 31,000
               
Capital Financing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Transfer from Facilities Reserve 130,000 130,000 0 0 0 0 0
Sale of Asset 3,000 0 7,000 8,000 6,000 0 4,000
Transfer from Reserves 26,000 28,000 0 20,000 22,000 6,000 22,000
Transfer from Revenue Fund 15,000 0 21,000 0 0 20,000 5,000
Total Revenue 174,000 158,000 28,000 28,000 28,000 26,000 31,000
               
Equip Reserve Fund Balance at Y/E 16,243 4,884 8,192 8,396 14,723 27,784 34,705
Facilities Reserve Fund Balance at Y/E 34,687 3,753 103,427 71,251 40,200 10,000 0

It should be noted that the Regional District took over the City of Kelowna's barking dog complaints in 2010.
In 2009 there were 310 barking dog complaints.

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In 2010 there were 254 tickets issued and in 2009 there were 401 tickets issued in regards to dogs.

We made up this table below from the statistics in the 2007 - 2010 Ticket Revenue document below

Year Number of
Tickets
(fines) Issued
Number of
Disputed Tickets
(in the courts)
Tickets Lost,
Stayed or
Withdrawn
Number of
Successful
Tickets
Ticket
Revenue
Dogs
Impounded
Revenue
Number of Licenses Issued Dog
License Revenue
2010 254 16 17 8 $14,855 $56,817 11,275 $277,681
2009 401 30 28 30 $19,523 $42,443 10,487 $198,840
2008 401 51 13 14 $24,986 $47,897 10,457 $197,151
2007 338 92 12 8 $19,577 $42,225 9,737 $184,201

 

2007 - 2010 Ticket Revenue for RDCO Dog Control
2007 - 2010 Ticket Revenue for RDCO Dog Control
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Number of Dogs Impounded in 2010 under the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Function
538 Kelowna
124 West Kelowna
49 Lake Country
22 Peachland
19 Electoral Area East
3 Electoral Area West
19 Westbank First Nations
TOTAL 774 Dogs Impounded

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In 2010 there were 56 dog complaints in Central Okanagan West

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In 2010 only 254 dog bylaw violation tickets were issued compared to 401 dog bylaw violation tickets issued in 2009

RDCO Annual Reports 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Dogs Licensed 8,793 9,046 9,224 9,476 9,833 10,457 10,487 11,155 12,507 12,818
Dog Complaints 3,151 2,990 2,892 2,524 2,403 2,164 1,993 2,286 2,857 2,363
Dogs Impounded 1,229 1,186 1,111 1,128 874 886 774 774 750 685
Dogs Euthanized 306 292 259 219 113 91 108 81 107 83
Dog Bylaw Violation Tickets 367 330 324 218 338 401 401 254 552 513
Dog Non Compliant Responses               923 483 246
Dangerous Dogs               400    
Emergency Callouts               80    

RDCO says these are separate statistics.
Isn't it odd how the number of dogs impounded in 2009 and 2010 are the same number 774?  RDCO says this number is correct.
Same with Dog Violation Tickets in 2008 and 2009, they are both saying 401 tickets.  RDCO is looking into this and will get back to us about this statistic.
Maybe there were mistakes made in the number above, but then again maybe not?
RDCO said, if they don't get back to us the figures are correct and so far RDCO has not gotten back to us so we take it that these figures are correct as far as we know.

2010 Dog Control statistics in the Quarterly Program Measures Report below were

1,806 General complaints
400 Dangerous Dog complaints
80 Emergency callouts

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Dog Complaints in 2010

1,409 Kelowna
478 West Kelowna
196 Lake Country
86 Peachland
60 COE
56 COW
1 WFN
2,286 TOTAL COMPLAINTS

A total of 235 hours of phone calls to dog owners resulted in 626 licenses sold out of about 3000 dog owners who previously had licenses but some dogs passed away or moved, etc.

In other words, RDCO spent on average, 2.66 hours on the phone per dog license sold.
(626 licenses sold divided by 235 hours = 2.66 hours per dog license sold). 
Wonder if the person making the phone calls was paid approx. $27.00 per hour like the dog control officers are paid??  235 hours x $27.00 per hour = $6,345
626 licenses x $20 per license = $12,520
Looks like RDCO is ahead of the game, doesn't it? 
$12,520 sold licenses - $6,345 wages = $6,175 ahead of the game.

Regional District of Central Okanagan
Quarterly Program Measures Report
Year to Date December 31, 2010

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These are the Regional District of Central Okanagan

2010 Dog Complaint statistics

for Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, East Electoral, West Electoral, and District of West Kelowna

SUMMARY OF 2010 RDCO DOG COMPLAINT STATS
FROM THE 3 PAGES BELOW

TYPE OF COMPLAINT HOW MANY COMPLAINTS
At Large Complaints 649
Aggression 401
Assist 36
Barking 417
Feces 54
Parks 136
Patrol Requests 65
Pick Up 333
Surrender / Euthanize 18
Too many dogs 40
Various 137

In order for Dog Control to issue violation tickets they need more than one officer to attend.  They may take an officer assigned to Lake Country to ASSIST an officer in West Kelowna for instance.

These are the complaints in order, starting at the top with the highest number of complaints and the least amount of complaints at the bottom.
649 At Large complaints in 2010
417 Barking Dog complaints in 2010
401 Aggression complaints in 2010
333 Dogs Picked Up in 2010
136 Parks complaints in 2010
65 Patrol Requests in 2010
54 Feces complaints in 2010
40 with Too Many Dogs in 2010
36 Assists in 2010
18 Surrender/Euthanize in 2010
137 Various other complaints in 2010
Various (includes fence checks, dead dogs, kennel appl, license checks and other)

Total Dog Complaints in 2010
1407 Kelowna
201 Lake Country
84 Peachland
62 Central Okanagan East
55 Central Okanagan West
477 West Kelowna

The stats above were found in the documents below that RDCO sent to us through FOI.

RDCO Dog Complaint statistics for 2010 - page 1 of 3
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RDCO Dog Complaint statistics for 2010 - page 2 of 3
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RDCO Dog Complaint statistics for 2010 - page 3 of 3
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December 31, 2006 Income Statement by Cost Center

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March 31, 2011 Income Statement by Cost Center

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Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1266, 2009 - Amends Bylaw No. 435
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RDCO's 2008 Financial Statement (50 pages)

RDCO's 2009 Financial Statement (56 pages)

RDCO's 2010 Financial Statement (54 pages)

more RDCO Financial Statements

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.pdf icon November 12, 2009 RDCO Governance & Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.4 Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

044 - Building Inspection (Page 77): As a result of the changes to the global economy, a major slow down on Building Permit Applications has been experienced. To September 30, 2009, 104 building permit applications have been made. Building permit applications in 2008 totalled 180 at September 30 and 229 for the year. Staff was moved to assist with Weed Control and Insects after the retirement of previous Bylaw Enforcement Officer.

046 - Dog Control (Page 79): RDCO is currently facing a new legal challenge on a ticket disputed in bylaw court. The appeal filed by the dog owner's lawyer includes validity of the Dog Control Bylaw and a challenge of authority and jurisdiction. The previous Bylaw Enforcement Manager has retired and was replaced by the former Weed Control Officer (Rhoda Mueller).

116 - Enforcement of Noxious Weed Control Bylaws (Page 87): Staff from Building Inspections was able to transfer over to assist with the program. Over the last year there has been an increase in the number of complaints, property inspections, enforcement orders and actions.

.pdf icon November 12, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes (Pg. 9)

Inspection/Bylaw

4.4 Update report on Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program

Staff report dated October 22nd highlighted that a bylaw adjudication program is intended for enforcement of minor bylaw matters, particularly traffic and parking.

The Regional District does not have a traffic bylaw and does not govern roadways within its boundaries. Bylaw matters in relation to Dog Control can be submitted to an outside collection agency and the Regional District participates in the provincial court system for disputed tickets (there are no costs to the Regional District associated with this system). Estimated costs through a screening process and adjudication hearing based on previous Regional District statistics could reach over $24,000 annually. It is estimated that an adjudication system would cost the Regional District approximately $400 per disputed ticket.

The question was raised whether the Regional District could participate in the setup of the program for purposes of interest only. Staff noted that the adjudication program for the entire region is planned for one day a month and % hour per case;
some dog cases take over 4 hours in court. Staff believe there is no benefit for the Regional District to participate.

#GS109/0 SHEPHERD/FIELDING
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan DEFER the decision to not participate in the Okanagan Valley Bylaw Dispute Adjudication Program;

AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to attend the information meetings, reconfirm costs for setup and participation in the program and confirm whether it makes sense for the Regional District to participate in the program.

CARRIED

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2011 - 2015 Dog Control Financial Plan


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2011-2015 Five Year Program Budget Projections
Tax Req Central Okanagan West
2011 - $18,969
2012 - $21,217
2013 - $21,783
2014 - $22,284
2015 - $22,795

2011 EXPENSES
Grant to SPCA $67,000

2011 Residential Tax Rate (per $1,000 of assessment) 0.0184

$400,000 assessed home x .0184 tax rate for dog control = $7.36

RDCO's 2011 Financial Plan Bylaw 1289

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2010 - 2014 Dog Control Financial Plan


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2010-2014 Five Year Program Budget Projections
Tax Req Central Okanagan West
2010 - $19.371
2011 - $20,539
2012 - $21,490
2013 - $24,097
2014 - $24,625

2010 EXPENSES
Grant to SPCA $67,000

2010 GENERAL CAPITAL FUND BUDGET
EXPENSES

Vehicles $28,000
Upgrade Mechanical & Roof $130,000

2010 Residential Tax Rate (per $1,000 of assessment) 0.0186

$400,000 assessed home x .0186 tax rate for dog control = $7.44

RDCO's 2010 Financial Plan Bylaw 1272

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