Welling­ton’s gone to the dogs

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

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.

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