11/07/2012 11:29 EST | Updated 11/04/2013 08:30 EST

Metro Vancouver Eyes Tougher Laws For Aggressive Dogs

Metro Vancouver is getting tough on aggressive dogs in regional parks.

A committee will be considering recommendations such as heftier fines on dog owners or muzzles for dogs considered to be dangerous.

Metro Vancouver spokesman Mitch Sokalski says bylaw changes are necessary because more and more dog owners are visiting the region's parks, and the increased interactions have lead to more incidents.

He says fines up to $1,000 fine are possible.

"But keep in mind that's at the end of the enforcement continuum. We'd like to focus on education and try to seek voluntary compliance with our bylaws, the rules and regulations in regional parks, and at the last resort, we look at fining the violators," Sokalski said.