More dogs, less poo

Central Otago Mirror - - CROMWELL BUSINESS HUB - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

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.

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