Owners must keep dogs on property, or under control

LETTER

Re: Loose dogs a huge problem, November 7 letter.

It’s important to remember that it is the responsibility of all dog owners to ensure their dog remains contained on their property or under control when out in the public.

The council’s animal control officers respond on average to 350 callouts per month throughout the entire district.

Officers are very proactive outside of callouts, and do take action to seize and impound roaming dogs. We also respond to complaints of barking dogs.

There are restrictions for a number of beaches and public places where dogs must be on a leash, and owners should be aware of the rules under our Dog Control Bylaw available on the council’s website.

Not using a lead or cleaning up after your dog in public can result in a $300 infringement or prosecution, and dogs may also be seized and impounded.

We urge people to call us 24hrs a day on 0800 653 800 to report noise complaints and roaming dogs, and as soon as possible for rushing incidents or dog attacks, with details of location, time and place, and a description of the dog.

For families going on holiday or considering getting a dog for a pet this Christmas, it’s a timely reminder that dogs need to be well exercised and looked after all year round.

We ask people, particularly where people are out all day, to consider the needs of their dog and be responsible owners.

Jim Single

GDC Enforcement manager

Re: Loose dogs a huge problem, November 7 letter.

It’s important to remember that it is the responsibility of all dog owners to ensure their dog remains contained on their property or under control when out in the public.

The council’s animal control officers respond on average to 350 callouts per month throughout the entire district.

Officers are very proactive outside of callouts, and do take action to seize and impound roaming dogs. We also respond to complaints of barking dogs.

There are restrictions for a number of beaches and public places where dogs must be on a leash, and owners should be aware of the rules under our Dog Control Bylaw available on the council’s website.

Not using a lead or cleaning up after your dog in public can result in a $300 infringement or prosecution, and dogs may also be seized and impounded.

We urge people to call us 24hrs a day on 0800 653 800 to report noise complaints and roaming dogs, and as soon as possible for rushing incidents or dog attacks, with details of location, time and place, and a description of the dog.

For families going on holiday or considering getting a dog for a pet this Christmas, it’s a timely reminder that dogs need to be well exercised and looked after all year round.

We ask people, particularly where people are out all day, to consider the needs of their dog and be responsible owners.

Jim Single

GDC Enforcement manager

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