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Following public hearing in New Brunswick last week, Bill 55 will be dropped in favour of generic legislation that applies to all dogs equally.

Here is the press release from Kelly Lamrock, the author of Bill 55:

November 18, 2004 - Following two days of public hearings and several months of consultation with dog owners Kelly Lamrock (MLA Fredericton Fort Nashwaak) says he is looking at a new Dog Owner Responsibility Act.

"I introduced the Restricted Dogs Act to try to address issues that arose out of the tragic death of James Waddell, issues that were not being addressed by government," said Lamrock. "I think it is important to note that the vast majority of presenters before the committee agreed that status quo was not an option."

"Coming into this there were basic principles that had to be part of any legislation. It had to be province-wide, owners of dogs who attacked had to be held liable and there had to be tough penalties for negligent owners. These principles were supported by the presenters."

"Now that these hearings have concluded, I would like to announce that I will be preparing a new Dos Owner Responsibility Act that will address the issues raised out of the death of James Waddell, will incorporate the basic principles of the previous act and will include many of the changes proposed by the many, many groups and individuals who participated in this consultation process."

The Dog Owner Responsibility Act will incorporate the following changes:

Keep or Strengthen

  • Tough penalties for negligient owners
  • Elimination of "First Bite Free" rule
  • Removal of dogs from negligent owners
  • Person with repeat conviction or attacks loses right to own dog
  • Province-wide application
  • Law applies to all dogs and dog owners
  • Mandatory licensing not insurance
  • Make leash / muzzle requirements consistent with veterinary standards
  • Tougher licensing and codes for breeders
  • Targets for increased education and enforcement
"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in this process and I look forward to working with responsible dog owners and animal advocates to develop the best and most effective legislation.


Media Contact: Heather Allaby, Office of the Official Opposition, (506) 453-2548.

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