Wellington’s gone to the dogs
It’s registration time for man’s best friend and Wellingtonians are paying more than anyone else for the pleasure of their canine companions.
The five lower North Island councils charge residents very differently for registering their pooches and it’s clear that in the 2016/2017 financial year your doggy dimes will go further if you live north of the city.
In Wellington a neutered dog will set you back $125, a price that hasn’t changed in two years.
Other council’s are cheaper, but many dog owners are complaining that they get nothing for their money and the price of registration is rising.
Pia Doricic from Porirua had to start saving in March to pay her $406 registration bill and wanted a discount for dogs rescued from pounds and shelters.
‘‘We seem to pay for all the owners whose dogs are not claimed in the pounds because these idiots don’t have any sense of responsibility ... and those poor dogs suffer.’’
Kapiti resident Tracee Lee Barnett Watson said she was paying $91 this year for each of her two dogs that were neutered and had never been picked up by the pound.
‘‘For my $182 I get two bags of poop bags [from the council].
‘‘I’ve had dogs here in Otaki for the last 30 years and I see nothing of where my money goes.’’
Dominic Godfrey is a Wellington dog owner and he echoed the same sentiment.
‘‘I can’t see what it is we are paying for with these exorbitant fees. We’re constantly supporting the council’s efforts to deal with bad dog owners and their canine charges. We shouldn’t be put in that position.’’
Wellingtonians and their pets get the use of two fenced dog parks and the council doesn’t charge registration for service dogs, such as guide dogs.
Up the road in Porirua, dog registrations cost $123, which is a $4 increase on last year’s price.
The Porirua City Council charges $27 to register a guide dog and doesn’t provide any fenced dog parks.
Over the hill, it’s $100 to regis- ter a hound in the Hutt, which is a $10 increase from last year.
Guides dogs cost $26 and the council said a decision on the creation of their first fenced dog park will be made later this year.
Up the coast, registering your Kapiti canine costs $91 which is a $2 increase from last year.
Wellington dog owners pay the most when it comes to registering their furry friends.