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Own­ers of pit­bulls and other men­ac­ing dogs are the tar­get of a new de-sex­ing drive aimed at re­duc­ing dog at­tacks on Auck­lan­ders. Auck­land Coun­cil launched a free tex­ting cam­paign of­fer­ing free de-sex­ing un­til June 30. Dogs must be reg­is­tered and clas­si­fied as men­ac­ing un­der the Dog Con­trol Act 1996. Dog own­ers sim­ply text the word

‘‘Yes’’ to 3169 to say they’re in­ter­ested. De-sex­ing men­ac­ing dogs is a key com­po­nent of re­duc­ing dog-re­lated harm, ac­cord­ing to Auck­land Coun­cil Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Safety Com­mit­tee. With the new text-in ser­vice the coun­cil hopes to reach more Auck­lan­ders, par­tic­u­larly those with­out ac­cess to com­put­ers or with fewer English lan­guage skills.

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