Mulgrave moves forward with farm animals by-law

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GUYSBOROUGH – New rules on keeping farm animals in the Town of Mulgrave are closer to coming into effect. CAO David Gray told council, during Monday (June 20) night’s regular council meeting, that amending the town’s land-use by-law doesn’t require ministerial approval. Council will now move forward and advertise the amendment to the land-use by-law restricting the keeping of farm animals in the town except for 12 hens, opening the process to appeals.

Gray said the public has seven days from the date of the advertisement to appeal the amendment. After that period, council can decide whether to accept or reject any appeals without having another public hearing. If they don’t accept any appeals, the amendment becomes law.

Once the amendment to the by-law goes into effect, “we’ll send out letters to those who own animals,” said Gray. Residents have 30 days to provide a list of all the species on their property.

Gray added, “We’re relying on the good faith of residents to provide us with honest answers, and we do have an animal control officer who will be visiting these sites.”

Under the amendment, animals, other than 12 hens, must not be replaced after they have died. Residents can be ticketed if new animals are found on their property. The municipality will have the right to seize newly acquired animals if they are not surrendered. Gray said, “we don’t want to go that route, but if that is what we have to do, we can do that to rectify the situation.”

There are no specific fines in the by-law regarding this matter, Mayor Ron Chisholm said. “Compliance is all we want.”

In other business, council passed a motion to accept Beryl Hadley as the returning officer for the July 30 special election. The special election will fill the council seat left vacant after the resignation of Councillor Crystal Durling in May.

Council also voted to become a platinum level sponsor by contributing $2000 to the Market by the Sea this year. The market is held in McNair’s Cove and will return on a by-weekly basis starting Thursday, July 14.

Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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