CRD Bylaw and Animal Care to help with campus on-leash rule

Trail winding through a forest of tall trees.

With trails and lawns made for strolling, people and their pets are a common site on the Royal Roads University campus. Starting February 1, Capital Regional District (CRD) Bylaw and Animal Care Services will begin regular patrols of campus to help ensure dogs are on leash.

The goal of the patrols is to protect the safety of the people and dogs visiting campus as well as wildlife, including migratory bird populations, cougars and other wildlife frequently spotted in the area.

“We love welcoming dogs and their humans to campus where they can enjoy the beautiful grounds and spend time in nature,” says Ron Granados, director of Operations at Royal Roads. He adds that while the university continues to welcome their visits, dogs must be on-leash for the safety of all campus users.  

“The small act of leashing your pet provides huge benefits. It helps to keep them safe from area wildlife and ensures our feathered friends continue to have safe access to the region.”

CRD Animal Care Officers will engage visitors with awareness and education regarding the on-leash rule and why it is important to keep migratory bird populations healthy and safe as well as protecting the health and safety of visitors’ beloved pets. If bylaw enforcement is required, fines start at $100.

“The Lands of Royal Roads University will continue to be a wonderful place for the community to enjoy. It has wonderful paths and forested trails that are available for all to explore. Our primary objective will be reminding visitors to keep their dogs on-leash for the duration of their visit to ensure everyone has a ‘pawsitive’ experience,” says Mark Groulx, chief bylaw officer at CRD Bylaw and Animal Care Services.