Porirua City ahead of pack
‘‘Because our animal control staff are doing more targeted street patrols based on good intelligence and because Porirua has responsible dog owners keeping their pets within their properties’’
When it comes to registered, desexed and microchipped dogs Porirua City is well ahead of the pack.
The 2016 council report on all things canine showed 83 per cent of the city’s registered dogs were desexed, more than anywhere else in the country.
The percentage of microchipped registered dogs was 80 per cent, well ahead of the national average of 65 per cent.
The number of dogs impounded had decreased by five.
Cannons Creek led the charge when it came to the highest number of dogs impounded with 116 put behind bars in 2016 - 15 more than last year.
Titahi Bay came second with 71 dogs impounded followed by Waitangirua with 36.
The city’s eastern suburbs had a total of 214 dogs impounded, the west had 102 and the north had 61.
Policy and planning manager James Jefferson said the drop in the number of dogs being impounded was partly a direct result of the desexing programme because it resulting in fewer male dogs roaming looking for females.
‘‘It’s also because our animal control staff are doing more targeted street patrols based on good intelligence and because Porirua has responsible dog owners keeping their pets within their properties.’’
A low-cost desexing service helped owners with their pets, he said.
In Porirua City it costs $172.50 to register a undesexed dog - the fee is reduced to $122.50 if the dog is desexed.
The council charges $27 to register a guide dog.
Offence notices requiring owners to comply with the Dog Control Act had decreased by 142, but the number of infringement notices remained similar to 2015 figures.
While there were 127 more registered dogs than the previous year, the report said the number of dogs classed as menacing increased from 179 in 2015 to 222 in 2016. There was one prosecution.
The number of complaints was similar to last year, with 58 per cent about dogs not under control.