Thousands of dogs still not registered

More than 2000 known dogs in the region remain unregistered following the deadline date of July 31.

The estimated district dog population is around 11,500. (28 percent not accounted for?)

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam said registration fees helped pay the cost of providing dog control services district-wide.

“The fee helps cover the investigation of dog complaints, the dog pound and prosecution of people responsible for dogs that attack.”

The number of unregistered dogs numbers is similar to previous years.

The Dog Control and Practices Policy requires all dogs to be registered from three months of age and dogs registered for the first time must be microchipped within two months of registration.

As a way to encourage dog owners to take good care of their dogs and be a responsible dog owner, GDC has a selected dog owner policy.

This policy rewards responsible dog owners with a discounted fee.

The criteria to become a ‘selected dog owner’ includes microchipping your dog, having a good ownership history and a fully fenced property.

Infringement notices will be sent to owners who have not paid, as well as a 25 percent late fee.

Owners of unregistered dogs face payment of a $300 fine and will still have to register their dogs at the penalty rate plus 25 percent.

There were 1006 dogs impounded during the year ending July 31, 2018, of which 374 were euthanised in the pound, 330 were claimed, 148 rehomed, 108 returned, 42 sent to the SPCA and four destroyed in the field, GDC figures show.

Dog control officers dealt with 352 cases of barking dogs, 741 complaints of roaming, 292 complaints of dogs rushing at people and 11 of dogs rushing at animals.

More than 2000 known dogs in the region remain unregistered following the deadline date of July 31.

The estimated district dog population is around 11,500. (28 percent not accounted for?)

Gisborne District Council animal control team leader Ross Hannam said registration fees helped pay the cost of providing dog control services district-wide.

“The fee helps cover the investigation of dog complaints, the dog pound and prosecution of people responsible for dogs that attack.”

The number of unregistered dogs numbers is similar to previous years.

The Dog Control and Practices Policy requires all dogs to be registered from three months of age and dogs registered for the first time must be microchipped within two months of registration.

As a way to encourage dog owners to take good care of their dogs and be a responsible dog owner, GDC has a selected dog owner policy.

This policy rewards responsible dog owners with a discounted fee.

The criteria to become a ‘selected dog owner’ includes microchipping your dog, having a good ownership history and a fully fenced property.

Infringement notices will be sent to owners who have not paid, as well as a 25 percent late fee.

Owners of unregistered dogs face payment of a $300 fine and will still have to register their dogs at the penalty rate plus 25 percent.

There were 1006 dogs impounded during the year ending July 31, 2018, of which 374 were euthanised in the pound, 330 were claimed, 148 rehomed, 108 returned, 42 sent to the SPCA and four destroyed in the field, GDC figures show.

Dog control officers dealt with 352 cases of barking dogs, 741 complaints of roaming, 292 complaints of dogs rushing at people and 11 of dogs rushing at animals.

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