Surge in abandoned dogs

Animal control collect 24 dogs over holidays.

Animal control collect 24 dogs over holidays.

ABANDONED DOGS: Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam with Gracie (left) and Missy (right), two of dozens of dogs abandoned by their owners over the holidays. Picture by Liam Clayton

DOZENS of dogs were either abandoned or found tied-up and unwanted over the Christmas and New Year period.

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam was one of the people picking the dogs up.

“It has just been mad. People have gone on holiday, some leave their dogs with other people, but others have just been left on the street.”

His team have been able to return most of the dogs that were registered and chipped, but many of them have been abandoned.

One was a 15-month old foxy-cross called Gracie, who was found wandering the streets after she was attacked by other dogs.

Another dog called Candy was found tied to a tree and had nearly hanged herself.

“Many of them are older dogs that people have decided they no longer want,” Mr Hannam said.

Animal control collected 24 dogs over the holiday period.

Night calls

They received calls until 9pm most nights and on one occasion Mr Hannam was called out at 2am.

“Instead of leaving their dogs, we would prefer people contact animal control at the council.

“We might be able to assist the owner to rehome them, but we do not accept dogs at the pound just because owners might no longer want them.

“We are looking for people to be responsible dog owners, not just leave them when they can’t look after them.”

One such dog was Missy, an 18-month-old huntaway-cross whose owner could not care for her any more and called animal control.

While there was a spike over the holiday period, the number of dogs impounded over the month was down overall.

Dogs impounded

In December the council impounded 60 dogs, and in November they impounded 101.

“Normally around 60 percent of the dogs we collect are not tagged,” Mr Hannam said.

“We try to find homes for all of them, unless they are aggressive.”

They find abandoned dogs all over Gisborne, from all types of people.

“It is just about education. You have to register them every year.”

He said many dogs don’t make it.

“They would make wonderful pets for people. It's such a shame.”

Donna Cullingford and her charity Tairawhiti Animal Education and Care Charitable Trust, better known as Mutts and Moggies, and several dedicated volunteers have been helping rehome some abandoned dogs.

So far they have found homes for four dogs but there are many more remaining.

DOZENS of dogs were either abandoned or found tied-up and unwanted over the Christmas and New Year period.

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam was one of the people picking the dogs up.

“It has just been mad. People have gone on holiday, some leave their dogs with other people, but others have just been left on the street.”

His team have been able to return most of the dogs that were registered and chipped, but many of them have been abandoned.

One was a 15-month old foxy-cross called Gracie, who was found wandering the streets after she was attacked by other dogs.

Another dog called Candy was found tied to a tree and had nearly hanged herself.

“Many of them are older dogs that people have decided they no longer want,” Mr Hannam said.

Animal control collected 24 dogs over the holiday period.

Night calls

They received calls until 9pm most nights and on one occasion Mr Hannam was called out at 2am.

“Instead of leaving their dogs, we would prefer people contact animal control at the council.

“We might be able to assist the owner to rehome them, but we do not accept dogs at the pound just because owners might no longer want them.

“We are looking for people to be responsible dog owners, not just leave them when they can’t look after them.”

One such dog was Missy, an 18-month-old huntaway-cross whose owner could not care for her any more and called animal control.

While there was a spike over the holiday period, the number of dogs impounded over the month was down overall.

Dogs impounded

In December the council impounded 60 dogs, and in November they impounded 101.

“Normally around 60 percent of the dogs we collect are not tagged,” Mr Hannam said.

“We try to find homes for all of them, unless they are aggressive.”

They find abandoned dogs all over Gisborne, from all types of people.

“It is just about education. You have to register them every year.”

He said many dogs don’t make it.

“They would make wonderful pets for people. It's such a shame.”

Donna Cullingford and her charity Tairawhiti Animal Education and Care Charitable Trust, better known as Mutts and Moggies, and several dedicated volunteers have been helping rehome some abandoned dogs.

So far they have found homes for four dogs but there are many more remaining.

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