Dog fees far too high

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

I was re­cently hit in the pocket by the Porirua City Coun­cil’s dog regis­tra­tion fee. Be­cause I have two dogs, I was hit twice.

I have been pay­ing this fee for 10 years now and each time I feel frus­trated by the thought of pay­ing a lot of money for a ser­vice I do not use.

I choose not to neuter my dog, a crime, and one which I will pay more for. I choose not to let my dog roam the streets. Per­haps if I did I would get some ben­e­fit from the money I pay to Porirua City Coun­cil for reg­is­tra­tions.

And I choose to keep my dogs well-fenced, so they can­not chase or scare peo­ple. Per­haps I shouldn’t – an­other way I could get value for my money!

When I in­quired to Porirua City Coun­cil what my fee cov­ered, I was given a long-winded email, which ba­si­cally came back to the an­i­mal con­trol shel­ter.

While I ap­pre­ci­ate the ser­vice the an­i­mal con­trol shel­ter pro­vides for the poor dogs that are mis­treated, I won­der why I am pay­ing for this ser­vice.

The an­i­mal con­trol shel­ter is avail­able to all Porirua res­i­dents. Any­one can ring to re­port a stray or danger­ous dog. Be­cause I’m a dog owner I have to foot the bill.

Porirua City Coun­cil lags be­hind Welling­ton, but still has some of the high­est dog regis­tra­tion fees in New Zealand. Manawatu is al­most half the cost. What are we do­ing so dif­fer­ently that our fees are so high?

Gone are the days when mid­dle­class mother, fa­ther and two kids could af­ford to have a furry friend.

Reg­is­ter­ing a non-neutered dog costs $172.50 in Welling­ton, $155 in Porirua, $121 in Auck­land, $115 in Master­ton, $94 in Manawatu and $87 in Christchurch.

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