Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent is af­ter an­swers on dogs

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

A Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent says Porirua City Coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol isn’t up to stan­dard with peo­ple be­ing told to catch and con­tain po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous dogs.

Zahi Dod­son said Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dents were fed up with be­ing told an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers won’t col­lect wan­der­ing dogs un­less they were al­ready tied up or con­tained in back­yards.

‘‘It doesn’t make sense. An­i­mal con­trol is there be­cause those dogs can’t be ap­proached by peo­ple. Who do you call when an­i­mal con­trol won’t come? The po­lice?’’

But the coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol said it was pol­icy to ask peo­ple to se­cure dogs but only if it was safe to do so.

Dod­son said he was speak­ing up to look af­ter his community and the ser­vice pro­vided by Porirua City Coun­cil had de­creased while the cost of dog reg­is­tra­tion had in­creased.

‘‘We want to ask coun­cil - this is what we’re pay­ing, so what are we get­ting for it? It’s too much money go­ing in and not enough com­ing out.

‘‘You ask why they can’t come out and they say they don’t have the re­sources. Well things don’t add up.

‘‘The public has to say some­thing for coun­cil to do some­thing.’’

An­i­mal con­trol en­v­i­ron- men­tal stan­dards man­ager Jim Sut­ton said pol­icy was to ask peo­ple to se­cure dogs but ‘the caveat’’ was they must make their own assess­ment on if it was safe to do so.

Dog reg­is­tra­tion fees paid for about 70 per cent of the coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol ser­vices and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Dog Con­trol Act, he said.

There are three full­time an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers and one part time ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer em­ployed by coun­cil and work­ing hours are 8am till 4.30pm week­days, but an an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week

‘‘If mem­bers of the public do not be­lieve it is safe for them to tie up the dog or to se­cure the dog in their yard, then they should not do this and an an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer is on call,’’ Sut­ton said.

Sut­ton said there were about 4800 reg­is­tered dogs in Porirua and last year the pound re­leased 48 to the SPCA for re­hom­ing.

In a Kapi-Mana News poll on Neigh­bourly showed 56 per cent of peo­ple said dog reg­is­tra­tion was so ex­pen­sive all re­spon­si­bil­ity should rest with an­i­mal con­trol and 30 per cent voted for ’don’t be silly - all loose dogs are dan­ger­ous.’

Jim Sut­ton said 48 dogs were re­leased from Porirua pound to Wellington SPCA for re­hom­ing in the last fi­nan­cial year

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