Dogs

Eliza Kerridge and her dog Luca enjoy an evening at Cadboro-Gyro park. Kerridge said that year-round on-leash rules for the Saanich park reductive and unnecessary. (Photo courtesy of Eliza Kerridge)

Petition responds to Saanich’s new on-leash dog rule for Cadboro-Gyro Park

Ability to let dogs run free was good for dogs, pet owners’ mental health, petitioner says

Eliza Kerridge and her dog Luca enjoy an evening at Cadboro-Gyro park. Kerridge said that year-round on-leash rules for the Saanich park reductive and unnecessary. (Photo courtesy of Eliza Kerridge)
The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dog bite incidents mostly down, says CRD, but true numbers likely higher

Under-reporting common, CRD says; owners can prevent incidents with training

The number of dog bite incidents reported to the Capital Regional District animal control services is trending downward, but the CRD says the true numbers are likely higher, as many go unreported. (Black Press Media file photo)
Some of the dogs Leanna Richardson has been fostering for the Victoria Humane Society. The society and its volunteers have been hit with a surge of surrendered pets, many of which require socialization, forcing them to start turning animals away. (Photo courtesy of Leanna Richardson)

Unwanted pets flood Victoria animal welfare group as society returns somewhat to normal

Surrendered dogs also requiring more socialization training than usual before being adopted out

Some of the dogs Leanna Richardson has been fostering for the Victoria Humane Society. The society and its volunteers have been hit with a surge of surrendered pets, many of which require socialization, forcing them to start turning animals away. (Photo courtesy of Leanna Richardson)
Odessa found a new home through RainCoast Dog Rescue. (Photo courtesy of raincoastdogrescue.com)

Demand for pets levels off as workers return to offices, says Greater Victoria rescue founder

During the early months of the pandemic, requests for dogs and cats shot up

Odessa found a new home through RainCoast Dog Rescue. (Photo courtesy of raincoastdogrescue.com)
Dave Mead often walks his dog, Molly, at Cadboro-Gyro Park. Saanich council has moved forward a bylaw change that would allow dogs in the park all year, but always on a leash. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich council moves to allow dogs in Cadboro-Gyro Park year-round, as long as they’re on leash

Third reading given on bylaw change that would eliminate seasonal restriction on dogs in park

Dave Mead often walks his dog, Molly, at Cadboro-Gyro Park. Saanich council has moved forward a bylaw change that would allow dogs in the park all year, but always on a leash. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rosie the motorcycle service dog. (Submitted Photo)

‘It’s not the size that matters’: Motorcycle-riding Quesnel service dog helps with PTSD

Rosie the motorcycle riding service chihuahua helps retired nurse Alison Prentice

Rosie the motorcycle service dog. (Submitted Photo)
Federal regulations state dogs must be leashed below the high tide mark on Willows Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay reminds pet owners to leash before you beach as dogs return to Willows

Environment and Climate Change Canada received complaints over interactions with off-leash dogs

Federal regulations state dogs must be leashed below the high tide mark on Willows Beach. (Black Press Media file photo)
A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)

Volunteer firefighters rescue dog from cliff face near Nanaimo waterfall

Golden retriever falls 15 metres over cliff while walking with owner

A golden retriever rescued after falling over a cliff face near Ammonite Falls on Friday, Sept. 24, avoided injury in the ordeal and posed for a photo with rescuers including firefighter Joe Mayzes, left, Capt. Darcy Morgan and firefighter Geoff Gowans, volunteers with East Wellington Fire Department. (Photo courtesy East Wellington Fire Department)
Victoria city staff are recommending a ban on unleashed pets at Gonzales Beach following a letter from the Canadian Wildlife Service. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: No dogs allowed off-leash at Gonzales Beach as Victoria aligns with federal regulations

Allowing dogs to run free endangered migratory birds, violated bird sanctuary laws

Victoria city staff are recommending a ban on unleashed pets at Gonzales Beach following a letter from the Canadian Wildlife Service. (Black Press Media file photo)
A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Victoria will not seize pets that have ingested narcotics

Council considered the bylaw amendment on Sept. 2 after naloxone used seven times on one dog

A mini pinscher. Victoria Animal Control Services responded to a call after a seventh naloxone resuscitation was provided for one dog at Portland Housing Society. (Black Press Media file photo)
Terms of reference were discussed at an Aug. 16 committee of the whole meeting for a district-wide park sharing strategy. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich moves ahead with strategy for shared use of parks

Councillor says the project will require careful analysis to balance needs of pet owners and others

Terms of reference were discussed at an Aug. 16 committee of the whole meeting for a district-wide park sharing strategy. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Pet-A-Palooza attracted lots of dogs and their owners to Bullen Park in Esquimalt on Aug. 14. The two-day event continues on Sunday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Who let the dogs out? Esquimalt did at Pet-A-Palooza

Bullen Park hosts dogs, their owners, business vendors, food trucks on Aug. 14 and 16

Pet-A-Palooza attracted lots of dogs and their owners to Bullen Park in Esquimalt on Aug. 14. The two-day event continues on Sunday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)

Dog coaxed to safety from edge of Greater Victoria-bound BC Ferry vessel

Passengers looked on and waited anxiously for its rescue by crew members

A dog was spotted on the edge of a B.C. ferry in the evening on July 29, eventually being coaxed to safety. (B.C. Ferries image, video courtesy of Tyler Reeves)
St. John Ambulance therapy dog Fasken (centre) does his thing at a Victoria law office. Pre-pandemic, the four-legged volunteers visited facilities such as hospitals, care homes, schools, workplaces and more on a weekly basis. (Courtesy of St. John’s Ambulance B.C. & Yukon)

St. John Ambulance therapy dogs head back to work in B.C. Aug. 5

The collars are back on in time for Work Like a Dog Day

St. John Ambulance therapy dog Fasken (centre) does his thing at a Victoria law office. Pre-pandemic, the four-legged volunteers visited facilities such as hospitals, care homes, schools, workplaces and more on a weekly basis. (Courtesy of St. John’s Ambulance B.C. & Yukon)
Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)

Council approves Sooke’s first dog park

Facility expected to open in late fall at Pond’s Park Corridor

Calls to establish an off-leash dog park in Sooke were answered by Sooke council last week. The new facility will be located at Ponds Park Corridor. (Pixabay.com)
Gator, who was abandoned at a doggy daycare, after having four kilograms of matted fur cut off. (BC SPCA)

Dog found at abandoned B.C. doggy daycare too weak to walk, needs weeks to recover: SPCA

Gator’s care will cost around $6,000, BC SPCA says

Gator, who was abandoned at a doggy daycare, after having four kilograms of matted fur cut off. (BC SPCA)
Seal pups like this one are common sights in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and dog owners are urged to leash their pets to ensure seals and other wildlife are not disrupted. (Pacific Rim National Park photo)

Off-leash dog harasses baby seal on Vancouver Island beach

Seal retreats to water after being nipped at Wickaninnish Beach

Seal pups like this one are common sights in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and dog owners are urged to leash their pets to ensure seals and other wildlife are not disrupted. (Pacific Rim National Park photo)
Off-leash dogs at Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park has long been a subject of debate among council, residents, and enforcement agencies. (Black Press Media file photo)

Comprehensive report will review leash regulations for Saanich’s Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park

Staff to come back to council with approach that will satisfy many of the needs identified

Off-leash dogs at Cadboro Bay-Gyro Park has long been a subject of debate among council, residents, and enforcement agencies. (Black Press Media file photo)
Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich’s Fowler Park opens fenced areas for furry friends

Paws in Parks pop-up to see fences outside five different parks for two-week intervals

Coun. Judy Brownoff welcomes dog owners to Fowler Park on June 29, the first official day of Paws in Parks fenced pop-up pilot project. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A dog owner was fined $250 for leaving their pet in the car with the windows closed during Victoria’s record-breaking heat on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Leaving dog in car during Victoria’s record-breaking heat sees owner fined $250

Victoria police say any amount of time too long for dogs to be left in vehicles on hot days

A dog owner was fined $250 for leaving their pet in the car with the windows closed during Victoria’s record-breaking heat on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
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