Animal Control

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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, al​l 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.

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In 2017 the government made funds available to have all dogs classified as Menacing under the Dog Control Act, de-sexed at no charge to the dog owner.  The South Waikato District Council applied for an amoun​​​​​​t of money, based on its existing menacing classification database and that money has been available to the community for around 8 months.  If you are the owner of a menacing breed you would have received an information letter sent to your address notifying you of this offer.  Please note that these funds are only to be used to de-sex dogs classified as menacing under section 33 of the Dog Control Act, it does not apply to other breeds of dogs. 

​If you are the owner of a dog that has been classified as Menacing under the Dog Control Act, we advise you to​ take the opport​unity to get your dog(s) de-sexed free of charge.  To find out more and make an appointment please contact a Council Office or speak with a Compliance Officer.​

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