Resolutions

Payment by Animal Owner of Impoundment Fees for Animal Declared Dangerous

Year: 2022

Resolution

Whereas Section 378 (1) (c) of The Municipalities Act permits a peace officer or a designated officer to impound an animal the officer believes to be dangerous; and

Whereas Section 375 (5) (a) of The Municipalities Act authorizes a judge who has declared an animal to be dangerous to make an order embodying any number of a series of defined requirements the judge considers appropriate; and

Whereas the defined requirements identified under Section 375 (5) (a) of The Municipalities Act are silent on the matter of the assignment of responsibility for payment of the associated impoundment fees; and

Whereas the absence of language in Section 375 (5) (a) of The Municipalities Act  regarding the assignment of this responsibility for payment of the associated impoundment fees prevents the judge from giving due consideration to this matter; and

Whereas the inability of the judge to consider assigning responsibility for payment of the associated impoundment fees to the animal owner as a requirement of a dangerous animal order made under Section 375 (5) (a) of The Municipalities Act, results in the responsibility for payment of the impoundment fees defaulting to the municipality that is responsible for the impoundment of the animal.

 

Therefore, be it resolved that SUMA advocate the Government of Saskatchewan to amend Section 375 (5) (a) of The Municipalities Act to include language that permits a judge who has declared an animal to be dangerous to assign, at the judge’s discretion, all fees related to impoundment of the dangerous animal to be paid by the animal’s owner.

 

ACTS AFFECTED: The Municipalities Act

REGION/SECTOR AFFECTED: Towns, villages, resort villages

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