Dangerous Dogs: Protection Strategy
Last revised January 27, 2020

The “Dangerous Dogs: Protection Strategy” was an administrative report produced by the City of Vancouver’s Chief License Inspector that addressed the issue of dangerous dogs in Vancouver. This report was part of a series of debates, meetings and documents in the mid-2000s that examined the Animal Control Services of the City of Vancouver, including legislation dealing with ‘vicious dogs’ and the banning of specific dog breeds deemed to be ‘vicious’.

The following is a chronology of events:

May 6, 2004: Vancouver City Council debated and approved a 5 year Animal Control Services Strategic Plan.

September 14, 2004: During a Regular Council Meeting, a memo was requested on the feasibility of breed banning within the City of Vancouver.  

January 31, 2005: The Chief License Inspector for the City of Vancouver presented an Administrative Report (RTS No. 04643) to Vancouver City Council entitled “Dangerous Dogs: Protection Strategy”. The report addressed the issue of dangerous dogs, including pit bulls, in the City of Vancouver and documented legislation and regulatory measures employed by other Canadian and international jurisdictions.

February 17, 2005: The council debated the Dangerous Dogs: Protection Strategy Report during a Regular Meeting of the Standing Committee of Council on Planning and Environment.

October 6, 2005: The Administrative Report (RTS No. 05197) from the Chief License Inspector to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment recommended not banning certain dog breeds. Subheading ‘C’ of the section Other Miscellaneous Changes in the New Animal Control By-Law reads:

“C. Exclude Reference to Specific Breeds of Dog in ‘Vicious Dog’ definition

During Council’s consideration of the “Dangerous dogs: Protection Strategy” report in February 2005, many speakers were opposed to breed specific legislation designating certain dog breeds as vicious. In this report, “vicious dog” refers to a dog with a history or known propensity for very aggressive behaviour toward people or other domestic animals. It was felt that most dogs could be kind and loyal pets if raised in a caring and loving home environment. Singling out pit bull breeds under the existing “vicious dog” definition is regarded as unfair, discriminatory and unnecessary. In the past, the City has never found it necessary to rely upon the breed specific part of the vicious dog definition to deal with vicious dog issues. Therefore, the exclusion of a reference to specific breeds in the definition is recommended.”

The current Animal Control Bylaw 9150 calls for aggressive dogs to be muzzled, but there is no reference to specific breed bans.




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