REDUCING DOG ATTACKS
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.