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our ‘best friends’ but their natural curiosity can mean that our dogs go
walkabout sometimes, which is one of the reasons why the Waimakariri District
Council’s Animal Control Officer, Kerry Williams, is one of the team’s busiest
men. Drew McLean, of Kaiapoi High School, caught up with Kerry this week to get
the low down on both his role, and how to get your errant canine back!
Dogs are man’s
best friend and because of that, we want to make sure that they are safe and
sound. But dogs also have a tendency to run away, so I talked to Kerry Williams
about how we can make sure our pooches return home safely.
When we get
a puppy one of the first things we have to do is get them ‘microchipped’. What
a microchip is, is a little device no bigger than a grain of rice that the
pound or vet implant in the loose skin in a dogs neck. Essentially this is a
barcode that gives the dog a 15 digit number which is then put into the
national dog registry. This is so that if your dog runs away animal control can
scan it and enter said number into the registry and find whoever they belong
too. Getting a microchip is something all dogs must have as it makes it easier
to return them to their owner. If your dog is impounded the price for this device is $20.
which, what should be the first thing you do if your dog runs away? Most people
search for their dog but to no avail but what you should is actually contact
the council first and foremost. This is because you could spend hours looking
for him but someone might have already picked him up at the corner. What this
does is it lets the animal control know that your dog is missing but if they
already have him and it saves yourself so much more hassle searching for a
But say our
wee friend gets impounded, what then? To answer that, when a dog gets impounded
the council scan it and contact whoever the dog belongs to and until the owner
picks the dog up, they will stay in a shelter where they will be cared for. The fee
to pick them up is $70 plus an extra $15 per night so you’d best hurry to pick
Name: Drew McLean