Amend­ments to bylaw

Dog con­trol prob­lems will be leashed by coun­cil

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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