By Breanne Massey
Special to the Pioneer
The off-leash dog park near Toby Creek has been deemed a great asset by the Columbia Valley community for pet-owners and their furry friends alike.
But Mark Topliff, the District of Invermere’s (DOI) Bylaw Enforcement Officer and Dog Control representative, wants to remind pet owners to take responsibility for their animals at the park.
“The biggest complaint I’ve got in maybe two dozen calls since the park opened, (is) people let their dog off their leash and then it attacks another dog,” Mr. Topliff explained. “You’re responsible for your dog, even if it attacks another dog at the park.”
He patrols the dog park area twice per week and expects to continue rain, shine or snow. The other issue that has been identified during Mr. Topliff’s trips to patrol the dog park is dog owners not cleaning up after their animals at the public area.
“We’ve put receptacles down there and people are picking up after their dogs, tying a nice little bow and leaving the waste on the ground,” he said. “The dog park is a beautiful little area but people need to take it seriously. If you’re a dog owner, you have to look after your dog and be responsible.”
The DOI would like to remind dog owners that they are ultimately responsible for their pets, while they are on and off the leash.
Mr. Topliff said he is available for citizens who have questions between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday all year.
“It’s easy to give us a call and find out the answers to your questions, if you’re thinking about and wondering about something,” he said. “If I don’t have the answer, I will find the answer for you.”
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Topliff at 250-342-1707.
The 12.5 kilometre Ray Brydon Dog Park located in Athalmer opened a little over a year ago.