Porirua tops dog cost list

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‘‘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

PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

John Holmes with his dogs Diesel, Cot­ton and Os­car at Ti­tahi Bay.

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