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REPORTING · 18th July 2013
Walter McFarlane
The Spay neuter and Microchip Incentive bylaw received two readings at Kitimat City Council on Monday, July 15th. Councillor Corinne Scott moved the two readings. She wanted to see how the amendments fit into the current bylaw.

“One of the things that wasn’t clear to me is whether there was anything within the current bylaw or with this amendment for spay neutering and micro chipping cats and dogs, was whether it was a requirement when they are buying a license or… there is all kinds of questions, but without having any other documentation, then the amendment that we are going to move, I would like to have more documentation before giving it third and final,” said Scott.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan stated they had Maryanne Baumbach at a meeting to explain all of this. The motion was called and carried.

Scott was out of town on June 10th when Council approved the draft so it could move forward at a regular meeting. At the time, it was explained that most people who are coming into the shelter are spaying and neutering and micro chipping.

“If you don’t need to make those regulatory steps until you really need to. If we started to see people who weren’t doing it as much, they need that kind of push, but right now we’re looking at it, people are coming in and Maryanne’s explaining it, a majority of the people are doing it so we thought the voluntary would work more,” said Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen.

Baumbach explained they had $5000 which purchased the initial chips and they have done over 400 chips already. People buy the chip for $25 so they could keep purchasing. They are doing cats first and people are bringing in their cats to have them chipped.

Feldhoff did not think people should have the option in respect to micro chipping. “The abandonment of animals, people take the collar off the animal, we don’t know [whose] the animal is,” said Feldhoff.

He stated if the animal goes through the shelter, micro chipping should be a requirement. Councillor Phil Germuth suggested if the animal goes through the shelter, the impoundment fee should include the cost of the microchip.

“I want to thank Council for taking these steps and moving forward. I think that this is a very positive step and I think they are doing it in much easier method, not just putting the bylaw there and making big enforcement levels. I think people are going to be quicker to accept this taking the slow strides,” said Baumbach.