More dogs, less poo
More dogs are registered in the Queenstown Lakes District, but there’s been fewer poo complaints and attacks.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council report on dog control and practices for the 2016-17 financial year showed no people were seriously attacked by dogs in the district for the second year in a row.
The report was received by the council during a meeting last week.
The number of attacks for the year decreased from 64 a year earlier to 54.
There are now 4485 registered pooches in the area, an increase of 183 dogs from the last financial year, the report shows.
However, the council received 30 per cent less complaints about fouling dogs, after more poo bag dispensers and bins were placed around the district.
Mayor Jim Boult said dog owners in the district were ‘‘very responsible’’.
‘‘I see a lot more people walking their dog with a plastic bag,’’ he said.
The number of registered dogs without microchips had reduced from 712 to 309, but roaming dogs were still the ‘‘large issue’’ in the district.
‘‘Roaming dogs can frighten, intimidate or annoy others, in addition to attacking other animals and people,’’ the report said.