Dangerous dogs: protection strategy
Last revised June 14, 2018

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

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

On 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.

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

An Administrative report from the Chief License Inspector to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment from October 6, 2005 recommended not banning breeds: 

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.
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.



May 6, 2004 Vancouver City Council debate: http://council.vancouver.ca/20040506/csbWEBmins.htm

5 year Animal Control Services Strategic Plan: http://council.vancouver.ca/20040506/csb3.pdf

September 14, 2004 Regular Council Meeting: http://council.vancouver.ca/20040914/regmin.htm

January 31, 2005 - Dangerous Dogs Protection Strategy: http://council.vancouver.ca/20050217/pe2.htm

February 17, 2005 Planning and Environment:  http://council.vancouver.ca/20050217/pemin.htm

October 6, 2005 Administrative report:  http://council.vancouver.ca/20051006/documents/pe1_000.pdf

Animal Control Bylaw 9150: