Need to ‘lift game’ on dog surveillance

GDC team asked for report on incident.

GDC team asked for report on incident.

THE District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee has called for a report on the dog attack that put a boy in hospital.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said the incident was regrettable.

She had spoken to the dog control team and felt that this committee, since it was in charge of regulations, should have a report back from the team at its next meeting.

One could assume they knew what was going on because one of the requirements of council officers, determined about a year ago, was that they would visit every address in the city and rural townships — but not farms, because it was believed a higher level of problems occurred in residential areas.

“To find four dogs at one address requires us to lift our game in the surveillance of dogs within our region.”

The bylaw said an owner could have one dog on a property and approval was required for a second dog.

Josh Wharehinga said the council needed to take a strong look at how the rules and regulations were being applied.

“I have been harping on about dogs at almost every environment, planning and regulations meeting,” he said.

A paper on the subject

A paper on the subject would be timely.

Environmental and regulatory services group manager Kevin Strongman said a regular activity report was being prepared and it would cover the issues raised.

Mrs Seymour said it should also cover how the council could better manage the numbers of dogs.

She understood that in the interim period before a home inspection was made, the council was reliant on neighbours to inform them — but often people were reluctant to “pot” their neighbours.

While it was regrettable this had happened it was the first such incident for a while and other areas had these too.

“We are not a huge city so we can lift our game on closer surveillance of the numbers of dogs.”

There was also the issue of puppies being at the house. A puppy had to be registered at three months.

“We are elected to represent the community and if we have a concern then it behoves us to ask council officers to report back to us,” she said.

Deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, who was the contact person at the weekend as the Mayor was away, said there was fabulous feedback on how the dog control team dealt with the issue — which had come from the hospital and the police.

“I do want you to take that back to them. They were very professional and on to it immediately,” she said.

THE District Council’s environmental planning and regulations committee has called for a report on the dog attack that put a boy in hospital.

Committee chairwoman Pat Seymour said the incident was regrettable.

She had spoken to the dog control team and felt that this committee, since it was in charge of regulations, should have a report back from the team at its next meeting.

One could assume they knew what was going on because one of the requirements of council officers, determined about a year ago, was that they would visit every address in the city and rural townships — but not farms, because it was believed a higher level of problems occurred in residential areas.

“To find four dogs at one address requires us to lift our game in the surveillance of dogs within our region.”

The bylaw said an owner could have one dog on a property and approval was required for a second dog.

Josh Wharehinga said the council needed to take a strong look at how the rules and regulations were being applied.

“I have been harping on about dogs at almost every environment, planning and regulations meeting,” he said.

A paper on the subject

A paper on the subject would be timely.

Environmental and regulatory services group manager Kevin Strongman said a regular activity report was being prepared and it would cover the issues raised.

Mrs Seymour said it should also cover how the council could better manage the numbers of dogs.

She understood that in the interim period before a home inspection was made, the council was reliant on neighbours to inform them — but often people were reluctant to “pot” their neighbours.

While it was regrettable this had happened it was the first such incident for a while and other areas had these too.

“We are not a huge city so we can lift our game on closer surveillance of the numbers of dogs.”

There was also the issue of puppies being at the house. A puppy had to be registered at three months.

“We are elected to represent the community and if we have a concern then it behoves us to ask council officers to report back to us,” she said.

Deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz, who was the contact person at the weekend as the Mayor was away, said there was fabulous feedback on how the dog control team dealt with the issue — which had come from the hospital and the police.

“I do want you to take that back to them. They were very professional and on to it immediately,” she said.

Three dogs euthanised

THE three American Staffordshire bull terriers involved in the attack on a five-year-old boy last weekend were euthenased yesterday in the Gisborne District Council dog pound in Dunstan Road.

The boy suffered lacerations to his head and bite wounds to his legs in the Saturday afternoon attack on a property in Emily Street in Riverdale. He was released from hospital on Tuesday.

“The three dogs, each aged a year-and a-half, were put down by a veterinarian yesterday morning,” said council’s acting animal control team leader John Gordon.

“The owners were there while the dogs were euthenased.

“The bodies of the dogs were then released to them,” Mr Gordon said.

The fourth dog involved remains in the pound pending court action against the owner.

The 43-year-old man is on bail after an initial appearance before a District Court registrar. He has been charged with three counts of owning a dog that caused injury and is due back in court on June 22. He faces several other unrelated charges.

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