Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:48 p.m.
Clarence-Rockland better accomodates services dogs
The City of Clarence-Rockland amended its dog by-law to better accommodate residents with medical service dogs.
The City’s previous policy restricted residents in residential households to three dogs per household and required that all dogowners pay a license fee, including those with medical service dogs. The by-law has now been amended to allow three dogs per residential household, plus any number of medical service dogs that may be needed. The new by-law also removes the licensing fee for service dogs.
This amendment came after several cases of residents needing service dogs became in violation of the City’s by-law. For example, the case of a residential household in Rockland housing five residents, each with their own service dogs, was brought to the City’s attention.
Marc Lapointe, Founder and CEO of Audeamus, a non-profit organization providing service dogs to persons traumatized in the line of duty, was living in a residential area with four other residents, each one with a service dog. As this violated the City’s previous by-law, Lapointe was summoned and brought to court over the issue.
“That’s what started this whole process, because it was so obviously, patently unfair,” said Katalin Poor, a member of Audeamus’ Board of Directors. “He had to go through that whole process, which is hard enough for anyone and, particularly hard, for someone with PTSD,” she said.