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North Shore City reminder on dog control rules

North Shore City reminder on dog control rules

Following a number of recent dog attacks in other parts of the country, North Shore City Council is reminding dog owners of their responsibilities as a first step to preventing any similar attacks within its city boundaries.

Under the Dog Control Act 1996, North Shore City ' s bylaw states that dogs are not allowed on playing fields, in children ' s playgrounds, or wildlife parks at any time, or on beaches and foreshores during summer (Labour weekend to Easter) between 9am - 7pm. Dogs can be exercised off their leash in all other council parks and reserves provided they do not create a nuisance. In all other public places dogs must be kept on a leash.

This differs from Auckland City where there are a limited number of designated dog exercise areas.

North Shore City mayor, George Wood, says the recent attacks are alarming and the council will be responding to central government supporting a review of the Dog Control Act.

" While child safety is paramount, we must also consider the thousands of responsible dog owners who control and look after their dogs when we address this issue, " says Mr Wood.

At their next strategy and finance committee meeting, on February 18, councillors will consider a report on dog control.

George Wood says the report will examine enforcement and education options for dog owners specifically, but also the public at large.

North Shore City Council ' s environmental protection team leader, Ian Parker, says the council employs four full time dog control officers and an additional three beach patrol wardens over the summer to respond to complaints about dogs.

" We have 12,000 registered dogs in the city, so we rely on owners taking responsibility for their dogs, restraining them when required and considering the feelings and welfare of others, " says Mr Parker.

" But those who do not restrain their dogs when required can be subject to an instant $200 fine or for serious offences, such as dog attacks, may face prosecution and a fine of up to $5,000 or three months ' in jail. "

For more information about dog control, people are invited to visit http://www.northshorecity.govt.nz, or request a brochure by calling Actionline on 486 8600.

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