Animal Control is an essential service. The service operates under all Alert Levels, under the relevant AL hygiene requirements. For more on Alert Level information follow this link.
It is Council's responsibility to ensure that animals, mainly dogs, are not a nuisance to the community. Dog registration is a legal requirement and the fees fund the dog control operation. This includes answering complaints about dogs, monitoring rubbish days, attending dog attacks, educating school and community groups to encourage responsible dog ownership and caring for the animals in the pound.
Compliance Officers also deal with stock that are uncontrolled on roads.
And we will look at all animal welfare affecting all animals. If they are not warranted to deal with an animal welfare issue, all officers are able to point you in the right direction to the organisation that will be able to assist you. The welfare of all animals is a top priority for the team and they need the communities help to alert them to things they may not be aware of.
Adopt a Dog
Are you looking for a furry new family member? Check out the pups on our Adopt a Dog programme
Disposing of Dead Animals
How to contact Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF)
Dog Control Information
All about dog laws and control of dogs on your property.
Registering your dog
Learn about how and when to register your dog.
Where to go to find help if you know of a problem dog.
Dogs in the Pound
A current list of all dogs in the pound where the owners have not yet been identified.
Frequently Asked Questions
Discover the answers to frequently questions about owning a dog in the South Waikato.
Follow this link to check how a dog can be classified as menacing either by their breed or behaviour.
Information about Pavovirus and how you can keep your dog safe from this terrible canine virus
Where can I walk my dog
A guide to where you can walk your dog in the South Waikato.