Dogs will remain banned on Greater Vernon beaches

A resident had asked that her elderly mother be allowed to walk a dog on Kal Beach over the winter

A tight leash will remain on dog owners.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee voted Thursday not to allow dogs on beaches at any time  of the year.

“We heard from a lot of people who are opposed to dogs on beaches,” said director Bob Fleming.

“There is vigorous opposition to that idea.”

A request for dogs on Kal Beach from Oct. 1 to May 1 came from a resident whose elderly mother lives near Kal Beach and regularly walks her dog there.

However, even if the dogs are on the beach, GVAC officials say a health concern exists.

“It (ban) is the right thing to do due to some owners not being responsible,” said director Akbal Mund.

“It’s for the protection of people who lay in the sand and the kids who play in the sand.”

Information from GVAC says contamination from dog waste can lead to e.coli, hookworm and ringworm, and beach sand can act as a reservoir for long-living bacteria.

GVAC’s decision came after staff reviewed how other jurisdictions handle dogs on beaches.

“The District of Sicamous, the City of Kelowna, the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District and the City of Salmon Arm all prohibit dogs or domestic animals in areas where beach or swimming activities are taking place,” said Keith Pinkoski, parks manager, in a report.

“The City of Penticton and Town of Osoyoos allow dog use at public swimming beaches at specific times during the year but generally dogs must be on a leash, and in many cases, they are limited to a promenade or a hard surface that can be cleaned.”

 

 

 

 

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