Amendments to bylaw
Dog control problems will be leashed by council
The rules around owning a canine companion in Central Otago have been reviewed. Public feedback is being sought from dog owners, whether their dogs are small and fluffy or large and loud and others affected by the Central Otago District Council’s dog control bylaw. The bylaw enables enforcement of the Dog Control Act 1996 and council’s Dog Control Policy. Council planning and
environment manager Louise van der Voort said the bylaw had been working well but minor amendments had been made to reflect changes to the dog control act, provide clarity and enable efficient administration of the bylaw. ‘‘We have also reviewed the designated dog exercise areas and there are some changes to these to reflect changes in use or ownership and to provide for new exercise areas in places that didn’t have such provision to date,’’ she said. The act and policy gives council staff and contractors the power to enforce infringement notices to owners of dogs that show problem behaviour such as wandering, barking, fouling in public places and that were aggressive. The council issued about 10 infringement notices a year for failing to keep a dog under control and between 30 to 40 for failing to register a dog. The statement of proposal, proposed bylaw and submission forms can be obtained from the council offices in Alexandra, Cromwell, Roxburgh or Ranfurly or from the council’s website. Submitters have until 5pm on August 1.