Council asked to ban dogs from farmers market after dog attack

A request to ban dogs from the Revelstoke farmers market came in front of city council on Tuesday.

A request to ban dogs from the Revelstoke farmers market came in front of city council on Tuesday.

The request came from Alison and John Lapshinoff, who’s son Nikolai was bitten by an unattended dog at the market last month.

Eighteen-month-old Nikolai had to be taken to the hospital and received seven stitches in his eyelid and two in his head as a result of the attack.

“The farmers market should be a safe place to bring your kids,” the Lapshinoffs wrote in a letter to council. “We would like to request that council discuss banning dogs at the market and busy public events altogether. Dogs can be unpredictable and the market is a busy environment with a lot of small kids running around. It is often very difficult to keep the two apart.”

They requested enforcement through signage and animal control officers at the market. “We see no need to spray paint ‘no dog’ signs on the road.”

Council didn’t discuss the matte; instead they passed a motion asking the planning department to prepare a report on the issue.

“It’s a very unfortunate incident and my heart goes out to the little boy,” said Mayor David Raven.