Roaming dogs in Perry township go to Bracebridge if owner not found in 72 hours

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Perry Township council renewed its three-year agreement with the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to assist with providing overnight accommodations for animals in need.

In 2018, the township entered into an agreement with the OSPCA to provide shelter services, where the municipality pays an annual fee of $1,270.

According to a report from clerk-administrator Beth Morton, the current agreement expires on April 30, 2021 and the OSPCA had reached out to renew the agreement for another three years.

The renewal will see a $37 increase from 2018, bringing the annual cost to $1,307, which is paid monthly by the township.

If a dog is found at-large within Perry and the township is unable to locate its owner, the bylaw officer will bring the dog to the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre in Bracebridge.

Dogs become property of the township after a 72-hour holding period.

According to the township’s website, the bylaw enforcement officer Mike Wilmon handles concerns of dogs roaming.

Here is what council had to say on the contract renewal:

“This is a very positive thing, helps Mike out for sure and for the $37 increase, I think t’s a worthwhile service,” said Coun. Joe Lumley.

“I believe it’s a good endeavour and I’m glad Mike has some guidelines here that he can execute this and it hasn’t gone up that much. Thank you for all the work,” said Coun. Margaret Ann MacPhail.

The township asks people to contact the municipal office if they have found a dog or lost a dog during business hours. If after hours, individuals can contact Mike Wilmon by email at mikewilmon@townshipofperry.ca or the OSPCA at 1-705-645-6225.

Sarah Cooke’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.

Sarah Cooke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Parry Sound North Star