RELEASE — The City of Kingston is urging residents to safely secure their dogs and to request City identification if visited by a person(s) claiming to be a City bylaw enforcement officer.
The City is investigating reports that there is someone pretending to be a bylaw enforcement officer and using the ruse to abduct dogs. He/she may be driving a white van and may claim that he/she is following up on a barking complaint.
“If City of Kingston bylaw enforcement officers are responding to complaints of dogs barking we will attend a residence and speak to the owners. We are not there to apprehend the animal. We would never show up at a home and take someone’s dog based on a noise complaint,” says Lacricia Turner, manager, licensing and enforcement.
City of Kingston bylaw enforcement officers:
- Wear full uniforms.
- Drive in numbered vehicles marked with the City of Kingston logo.
- Carry numbered badges and have City of Kingston photo identification.
If you are visited by someone claiming to be a bylaw enforcement officer, ask to see his or her badge and photo identification. If you are still unsure, then close the door and call the City at 613-546-4291, ext. 3135 to verify he or she works for the City.