At­tacks up de­spite bet­ter own­er­ship

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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