Porirua tops dog cost list
‘‘Bad owners should pay more.’’
Oscar, Cotton and Diesel are three pricey pups.
Porirua City, where the trio live, is the country’s most expensive place to register a dog and it’s not something their owner John Holmes is happy about.
Porirua tops the national list at $126 for yearly registration, more than four times as expensive as Southland, where it costs just $30 per pup.
While numbers vary, one thing is clear: all is not equal when it comes to the cost of owning a dog in New Zealand.
To find the priciest pups and cheapest canines, Fairfax asked every district council what owners fork over for Rover, and compared them, starting with the cost of a desexed dog registered before July 31.
Porirua City Council manager of environmental standards Jim Sutton said fees in their city went towards services such as owner education, dog control and rehoming unwanted dogs.
He said the city had the highest percentage of desexed dogs in the country and the second highest percentage of microchipped, registered dogs.
All urgent requests to animal control were responded to within two hours and council was consulting on the need for dog parks, he said.
But Holmes said he’d prefer a drop in fees or a switch to a ‘‘user pays’’ system.
‘‘Bad owners more,’’ he said.
Porirua was only a dollar more expensive than Wellington, which had the highest registration fees among the country’s big cities at $125 and charged $11 for a tag.
Dog owners in the capital have the choice of two parks.
Christchurch came in the lowest at $80.
Tags are free in the Garden City.
When it came to dog parks, Dunedin led the pack with eight, Waikato had seven and Auckland, just four. should pay
John Holmes with his dogs Diesel, Cotton and Oscar at Titahi Bay.