This is BILL 24 that will cover ALL of British Columbia, Canada... ....Please help support it, then maybe it can be used as an example for other areas!!!!
26 Division 1 of Part 22 is amended by adding the following section:
707.1 (1) In this section:
"animal control officer" means
(a) a municipal employee, officer or agent designated by the council as an animal control officer for the purposes of
this section, or
(b) a peace officer;
"companion animal" means an animal kept as a pet or as a guide animal;
"dangerous dog" means a dog that
(a) has killed or seriously injured a person,
(b) an animal control officer has reasonable grounds to believe is likely to kill or seriously injure a person, or
(c) while in a public place or while on private property, other than property owned or occupied by the person
responsible for the dog, has killed or seriously injured a companion animal or a domestic animal;
"domestic animal" means a domestic animal as defined in the Livestock Protection Act;
"seize" includes impound and detain.
(2) In addition to the authority under section 707 (1) (a) but subject to this section, an animal control officer may seize a
dog if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that the dog is a dangerous dog.
(3) Before exercising a power under subsection (2), in the case of a dog that has acted as described in paragraph (a) or (c)
of the definition of "dangerous dog", the animal control officer must consider whether the dog was acting while in the
(a) attempting to prevent a person from committing an unlawful act, or
(b) performing law enforcement work.
(4) An animal control officer may enter a place to exercise the power under subsection (2),
(a) in any case, with the consent of the owner or occupier of the place,
(b) in any case, in accordance with a warrant under subsection (5) or (6), or
(c) if the circumstances referred to in subsection (7) apply, in accordance with that subsection.
(5) If satisfied by evidence given under oath or affirmation that there are reasonable grounds to believe that
(a) there is in a place a dog, and
(b) the dog is a dangerous dog,
a justice may, by warrant, authorize an animal control officer to enter and search the place and to seize the dog.
(a) it is impracticable for an animal control officer to appear personally before a justice to apply for a warrant in
accordance with subsection (5), and
(b) the officer believes on reasonable grounds that the circumstances referred to in subsection (5) (a) and (b) apply,
the officer may apply for a warrant in accordance with section 22 [telewarrants] of the Offence Act.
(7) Subject to subsection (8), an animal control officer may, without a warrant, enter and search any place except a
dwelling house and seize a dog, if the officer believes on reasonable grounds that
(a) the dog is a dangerous dog,
(b) the dog presents an imminent danger to the public, and
(c) the purpose of seizing the dog cannot reasonably be accomplished if the officer is required to obtain a warrant.
(8) For the purposes of subsection (7), an animal control officer who is not a police officer must be accompanied by a police
(9) In addition to the authority under section 8 of the Livestock Protection Act, in relation to a dog that the animal
control officer has reasonable grounds to believe is a dangerous dog, the animal control officer may apply to the Provincial
Court for an order that the dog be destroyed in the manner specified in the order.
(10) A dog that has been seized under this section may not be impounded for more than 21 days unless proceedings under
subsection (9) of this section or section 8 of the Livestock Protection Act are commenced within that time.