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Dog Registrations Now Overdue
Friday, 28 September 2012
Waimakariri District Council is reminding dog owners that registrations are now overdue.
Properties with previously registered dogs may soon have a visit from Council Animal Control Officers. Dog owners with unregistered dogs could be liable for a $300 fine if the fee is not paid within seven days of the Animal Control Officer’s visit, and could also face additional fees for impounding and sustenance costs.
The Dog Control Act 1996 requires all dogs over the age of three months to be registered annually. The law also requires dog owners to advise Council in cases where the dog has died or the animal has left the district, although these cases account for a very small percentage of the unregistered animals.
Environmental Services Manager Les Pester says that as of September, 9561 dogs were registered in the Waimakariri District, but 935 remain unregistered as compared to 850 this time last year.
“Unregistered dogs take up a large amount of Animal Control Officers’ time as they are generally the ones picked up for roaming, causing a nuisance around our streets, or attacking other animals and people.”
To avoid a fine and additional fees, dog owners should visit Council’s Service Centres to register their dogs immediately or register online.
Environmental Services Manager
Phone: (03) 311 8900 or (03) 327 6834
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