Free-roaming dogs banned

Fort William First Nation is reminding residents of a crackdown on dogs running at large following the enactment of a local bylaw more than a month ago. "All free-roaming dogs will be seized and impounded," according to a community bulletin about the bylaw that was issued on April 5. If dogs have been impounded, owners will have to pay a fee to get them back, the bulletin said. "All unclaimed dogs will be put up for adoption," it added. Dogs must also be registered with the reserve's animal control department. In about four months, the bulletin said, the new bylaw is to be "fully implemented" following a period of education and registration of dogs. Complaints about aggressive dogs or dog bites in Fort William First Nation should be directed to Anishinabek Police Service by calling 807-625-0232, the bulletin said.

Carl Clutchey, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, The Chronicle-Journal