Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Impounded dog returned to family

Date: July 3, 2014

Impounded dog returned to family

Hastings District Council will not proceed with legal action or pursue the destruction of “Dougie” a Boxer Cross dog seized by Animal Control Officers from Portsmouth Road, Flaxmere. The incident has been the subject of much speculation in local and social media since the dog was impounded on Friday 16th May 2014.

Council ACO’s were called to the property in Flaxmere following the receipt of a complaint from a member of the public, alleging the dog rushed as a gate is opened and it barked all day.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says “During a discussion over the behaviour of the dog with two family members, one of the ACO’s was set upon by the dog. The ACO did not suffer any bite wounds but subsequent actions by the family members resulted in Police attending the incident. Family members have apologised for their behavior during the incident and the Council will leave the matter of an alleged assault on the officers in the hands of the Police.”

Lawrence Yule says “In coming to a decision not to proceed with a legal process, Council officers weighed up the result of a previous court case involving a rushing dog and that the family has admitted that “Dougie” had been trained as a guard dog.”

“It has taken seven weeks to come to this decision due to the complexity of the case and Council also had to wait for a decision from Police as to whether they were going to include the dog in any legal action. Police have now advised that they will not involve the dog in any proceedings and that has allowed Council to proceed with the decision making process.”

Lawrence Yule says” Council will release the dog to the family but continues to have concerns over its behaviour and will give consideration as to whether the dog should be classified dangerous or menacing.”

“In regards to the time taken to make a decision in this case, Council has begun a review process to ensure that, in similar situations, a decision can be made within a maximum of three weeks,” Lawrence Yule says.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:


Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Harmful Digital Communication Bill Passes: Focus Must Be On Education

InternetNZ acknowledges the passage of the Harmful Digital Communications Bill into law this afternoon, and says that the sooner the education efforts at the heart of the legislation start, the better... More>>

ALSO:

3-Year Transport Plan: No Plans On Six Northland-Election Bridges

The Transport Authority’s decision to fund only four of the 10 bridges promised in National’s shameless Northland by-election bribe is a huge embarrassment for Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza Blockade: Māori TV Crew Returning Safely From Israel

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their boat was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade. More>>

ALSO:

Family Violence: Increasing Reporting But Fewer Resolutions

“We are aware the Police have embarked on a significant programme of change in how they respond to family violence. The data suggests that adequate resourcing including investing in staff training, support and culture change will be required for this to be effective.” More>>

ALSO:

Health: NZ Children Still Suffer Rickets From Lack Of Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency continues to cause rickets in young New Zealanders, new University of Otago research has found. The researchers say that their finding suggests that at-risk mothers and children should be better targeted for Vitamin D supplementation. More>>

Also GPs, Housing, Milk: PM Press Conference On The UN Security Council

In a press conference today the Prime Minister discussed the upcoming appointment of New Zealand to chair the UN Security Council. He said they would put pressure Asad in Syria and attempt to “jump start” negotiations between Israel and Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news