DOG SUR­VEY

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The Gov­ern­ment will con­sider sur­vey feed­back that dog own­ers need bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion as part of its new strat­egy around dog safety. More than 3000 peo­ple re­sponded to an on­line sur­vey on dog con­trol with more than 80 per cent of the re­spon­dents dog own­ers them­selves. The sur­vey asked what peo­ple thought was the biggest con­tribut­ing fac­tor to dog at­tacks, and sought sug­gested ways to re­duce at­tacks. Re­spon­dents iden­ti­fied dog own­ers and poor ed­u­ca­tion about dog be­hav­iour as the two biggest con­tribut­ing fac­tors to dog at­tacks. One in five of those who re­sponded on­line had been a vic­tim of a dog at­tack in the past. The sur­vey was launched on­line on Au­gust 1 and ran for a fort­night. The Gov­ern­ment will con­sider the feed­back as part of its wider as­sess­ment of New Zealand’s dog con­trol regime.

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