White Rock City Council recently debated what to do about the long history of attacks by dangerous dog breeds within our city as highlighted in the Peace Arch News. Council decided to do nothing themselves, and asked the BC government to deal with the issue. To me, that is not good enough. I have a little daughter and I want her to be safe when she is playing in our local parks and at her school. While I believe that the Mayor and City Council are doing an excellent job in most respects, but as a parent I felt that I needed to raise the profile of this issue and push for stronger control of dangerous dogs within our city by advocating that we strictly enforce leash and dog control bylaws within the City of White Rock and especially in our schools, playgrounds, and parks.
Most dog owners are very responsible in this city so I do not advocate a total ban on all Pitt Bulls or other breeds, but I feel that we need to be doing something locally and now. Let’s not simply wait for the BC government to take action someday as council has decided. I am a dog owner myself and have two adorable little Shih Tzu’s. We used to have three, but a few years back Suzy was attacked and killed by a large dog that bit her and shook her to death. It took only an instant. In this instance, the dog that killed Suzy was a Husky and it happened while staying at a kennel with the owner only feet away. There was no time to act to prevent it. The dog that killed her had no prior history of attacks. We need to make the safety of our children and our pets a priority. We need to insist that dog owners take responsibility for controlling their dogs regardless of breed in a safe manor and we need to ensure that our bylaws are updated and enforced to make it happen.
In addition, City Council is currently pushing for increased development and increased population density within White Rock. They want to build up our city. This means more high-rises. While the Mayer and City Council have good intentions and reasons for wanting higher density housing in White Rock, I want to be a voice on council for less drastic change. I want to see less development of the kind that changes the nature of our city. We live in White Rock because of its beauty and its small town feel. It is a family community and I do not want to see it turned into a city of skyscrapers anytime soon.