Dogs & Animal Control

The Council's Animal Control Officers primarily deal with complaints about dog nuisances and attacks, general public safety, and ensuring that all dogs are correctly registered.

Function of Animal Control

Animal Control has the function of administering the following:

The Animal Control staff are here to help you. Do not hesitate to contact them if you have a concern or question.

Contacting Animal Control

Animal Control can be contacted between 8.30 am and 5 pm at:

Waimakariri District Council
215 High Street
Private Bag 1005
Rangiora 7440
Phone: 0800 965 468
Email: office@wmk.govt.nz

After hours service

Animal Control operates a 24 hour, 7 days a week call-out service for dog pick-up, wandering stock and emergency situations - phone the Council on 0800 965 468 (0800 WMK GOV)

Wandering stock (sheep, cattle, horses)

To ensure traffic safety, minimise damage to public land and help animal owners, Animal Control will remove animals from public roads and areas.

Stock wandering onto privately-owned land can be notified to Animal Control to allow them to be matched up with lost stock.

Stock wandering onto public land or roads may be impounded. If impounded, the animal owner will be liable for impounding fees, sustenance costs and any cartage. The Impounding Act 1955 is the legislation covering impounded stock.

Stock owners are liable for any damage caused by their stock wandering onto the road if the presence of the stock on the road is caused by the owner's negligence.

Annual reports to Department of Internal Affairs

Each year Animal Control must report to the Department of Internal Affairs, reporting on a number of metrics as they relate to Dogs”  Previous years reports are included below.