Porirua City ahead of pack

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‘‘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.

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