Strathcona County position and next steps on enforcing Animal Control Bylaw 18-2011

November 17, 2014

Statement

Strathcona County establishes bylaws for the safety, health and welfare of people and the protection of people and property. Bylaws are created in good faith and in the public interest. In addition to establishing bylaws, the County must enforce the bylaws when they are not followed.

Issuing a Violation Ticket is one remedy available to the County to enforce its bylaws. 

On November 17, 2014, a Provincial Court trial addressed the violation ticket issued to the owner of a pot-belly pig for contravention of Strathcona County’s Animal Control Bylaw 18-2011.

The provincial commissioner’s ruling today supports Strathcona County’s enforcement of its Animal Control Bylaw. The owner of the pot-belly pig is required to pay the $100 violation ticket fine.

In light of today’s decision, Strathcona County continues to be hopeful the pot-belly pig’s owner will choose to voluntarily relocate the pig to meet the bylaw requirements. 

If the pig is not voluntarily relocated, Strathcona County will proceed with its application to the Court of Queen's Bench for an Order requiring the pig to be relocated. The Court of Queen’s Bench hearing is expected to occur in early 2015.

Background
When the County became aware in March 2014 that a pot-belly pig was living in Sherwood Park, the owner was informed she was in contravention of Animal Control Bylaw 18-2011. The County worked with the owner to find a suitable home for the pig. Despite the County’s efforts, including a three-week grace period to relocate the pig, the owner did not co-operate. On June 24, 2014, the County issued a Violation Ticket under the Bylaw. On August 11, 2014 the pig’s owner entered a not-guilty plea in Provincial Court. The trial for the Violation Ticket was scheduled for November 17, 2014.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Media contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595