Leash Your Dog

Leash Your Dog

1. Be a good neighbour.  Not everyone likes dogs.  Some cultures perceive dogs in ways that may differ from your own so even a friendly dog running up to them is very distressing.  Someone truly afraid may act out of fear and injure your dog.  Property owners can be particular about dogs on their lawns.  A dog on a leash shows that you are in control of your dog and that you respect those who wish to keep their distance from your dog.  It is good neighbor policy to keep your pet on leash and from becoming a nuisance to others around you. 

2. People can be injured by loose dogs.  Whether intentional or not your dog could bite, knock over, or injure someone.  Legal action could arise and under the Animal Control By-law it states that a dog could be deemed dangerous if:

  • A dog has bitten or attacked;
  • The dog has behaved in a manner that poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals;
  • An owner did not exercise reasonable precautions to prevent a dog from biting or attacking or posing a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals.

The law could judge that your dog be euthanized, even if your dog was provoked to bite.   Keeping your dog leashed helps you control them and mitigates the circumstances, showing the owner is “exercising reasonable precautions”.

3. Loose dogs get into more fights with dogs and other animals.  An off-leash dog could wander into another animal’s territory provoking a fight.  Leashed dogs could perceive an unleashed dog as a threat (either to the owner or to his personal space in the leash zone) and is likely to lunge or snap. 

4. Wildlife has a place too.  Your best friend can become nature's enemy if taken off a leash and allowed to run free.  Dogs that leave trails destroy the homes of ground-nesting birds, stress small mammals, destroy plants, leave feces that disrupts the natural balance of the ecosystem, and they are susceptible to the rabies virus through wildlife they may encounter.  

5. Leashed dogs are rarely hit by cars.  No dog responds 100% of the time to commands.  A leash can help you pull your dog to safety when a driver is too close.  On the other hand, unleashed dogs can cause car accidents when drivers try to avoid hitting a loose dog.

6. Lowers costly veterinary bills.  Leashing your dog is the best way to keep your dog from becoming sick or injured on your walks.  Dogs are known to eat many things they shouldn’t and roaming dogs could drink contaminated water, tread through pesticides, be exposed to ticks, poison oak, or plants that have thorns and burrs.   

7. Unleashed dogs eliminate at will.  This will make you very unpopular with your neighbours.  Owners that do not scoop will incur a fine.  Dog that are not dewormed completely leave, parasitic worm eggs can be transmitted from feces to humans causing blindness (particularly with small children).

8. It is a good birth control device.  If your dog has not been spayed or neutered it is probably because you are hoping to breed your pet.  Leashing is one of the best ways to preventing random mating and unwanted puppies.

9. Loose dogs give dog owners a bad name. Every dog allowed off leash is another piece of evidence for those citizens who prefer that dogs be banned from all public places.  Discourteous dog owners are causing dogs owners to lose the ability to take their dogs to places they formerly could take them. Go out of your way to be courteous when handling a dog. Demonstrate that dog owners can be good neighbors.  If people have a right to expect that dogs they encounter in that location will be on leash, stick to the rules. Otherwise the next rule change may be “No Dogs Allowed.”

10. It is the law!   Plain and simple.  Know the by- law (linked here) that affect you as a dog owner. http://www.districtofstewart.com/District/Bylaws/815_Animal_Control_Bylaw.pdf (link to Animal Control By-law)


The benefits of leashing your dog:

  • It is a great way to show your affection to your pet, as the touch of it gives your dog definite assurance that it is protected, loved, and wanted.
  • It can be an identification service when the collar is attached with a current license. 
  • It is a crime prevention device.  A dog that is attached to you will ward off anyone seeing you out walking as an “easy mark”.  
  • It mitigates legal issues that may occur if your rambunctious pet attacks and hurts another person or animal.
  • You are seen as a good owner, and promote good canine citizenship.  You are respectfully allowing others to enjoy the public space too.

Notice of Planned Power Outage from BC Hydro **UPDATE**

POSTED: February 14, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:  BC Hydro has advised the outage previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th from 1pm to 3pm has been CANCELLED.

At this point the Power Outage scheduled for NEXT Tuesday, March 26 from 9:30am to 3:30pm is still on schedule. For more information see the link from BC Hydro.

Public Notices, Information and Job Opportunities

POSTED: January 3, 2019

View District of Stewart Public Notices, Information & Job Opportunites here

Public Notice:  Bear River Water Advisory

POSTED: December 14, 2018

Please see the Public Notice attached advising the public not to use water directly from the Bear River for domestic purposes as of today, December 14.

Regional District Waste Survey-complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

POSTED: March 5, 2019

Complete the RDKS Solid Waste Survey to provide your thoughts on waste management in our region. Your input will help guide strategies for the future. 

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is developing a new Solid Waste Management Plan to provide direction for how we will reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of waste for the next decade.  We appreciate you taking 10 to 15 minutes of your valuable time to share your thoughts on garbage and recycling in our region. We need your input for our Solid Waste Plan to be successful.

Complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

Occupational Health & Safety and Workplace Bullying & Harassment - Course Opportunity

POSTED: February 20, 2019

Please see the link for more information on these 2 courses that will be available in Stewart on April 9 & 10, 2019

Community Contest

POSTED: February 13, 2019

Stewart Council is seeking suggestions from members of the community to create a new slogan for the District of Stewart.  See the Community Contest Poster for details!

Christmas Card Contest Winners

POSTED: November 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of the District's Christmas Card Winners!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation