Titahi Bay resident is after answers on dogs
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