Dog fees far too high
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.