Attacks up despite better ownership
The number of registered dogs, infringement notices issued and dog attacks are up in Porirua, the latest figures show.
A report to Porirua City Council’s committee meeting last week from the past 12 months shows complaints, which include barking, uncontrolled dogs and ‘‘ rush and startle’’, dropped slightly from 1625 to 1620. But instances of ‘‘attack or bite’’ increased from 35 to 48.
A pitbull-staffordshire cross was put down in January after attacking its Porirua owner’s 18- month- old daughter.
The number of dogs classified as menacing in Porirua is 189, compared with 168 in 2010/11.
Infringement notices are up to 424 from 401, while offence notices rose to 791 from 553 in the previous year.
Impounded dogs went from 465 to 466 with one prosecution.
Council environment and regulatory services general manager David Rolfe told councillors the council does not prosecute often because of the cost involved. A warning or infringement notice would work in most cases, he said.
Mr Rolfe said dog control officers have been more active, hence the number of registrations going from 4260 to 4439. He said more people were being responsible owners.