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Dog Laws Just Add More Compliance Costs

Dog Laws Just Add More Compliance Costs for the Law-Abiding

The new dog laws will just add more regulation, more costs, and more fines for law-abiding dog owners, ACT New Zealand Leader Richard Prebble said today.

"Very few registered dogs attack anyone. Muzzling some breeds of dogs is just populist politicking. Studies show that it's the popular and usually placid Labradors that have bitten most people.

"It is believed that Dogo Argentinos aren't even in New Zealand - that shows how ludicrous this legislation is . They might as well include putting muzzles on dragons and leashes on unicorns.

"Dog rangers say that the real problem dogs are owned by lawless owners. The worst culprits are the gangs that train dogs to fight and attack, and don't register their dogs in the first place.

"These new laws will have no effect on the lawless.

"The fact is that the problem has never been a lack of laws, but a lack of targeted enforcement against criminals who own dogs," Mr Prebble said.

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