Aug. 30, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Dog owners beware! A person can seize or destroy a dog if it is ‘attacking any other person, or any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife’ under The Dog Control Act 1996.
Betty Whangapirita lost five sheep to a dog attack last week and has labelled the dog owners as irresponsible and selfish.
“This happens more often than we think, I didn’t realise.”
“It’s not fair, that’s food off mine and my families table.The value of the sheep was about $700 we’ve lost out on,” said Whangapirita.
Far North District Council had an immediate response and attended the scene to help move the dead sheep as well as set up a dog trap on the property should the dog or dogs come back.
Donna of Donna Doolittles Animal Rescue Kaitaia say Kaitaia does have a dog problem and that more needs to be done to control it.
“There is definitely a dog problem in Kaitaia. I can get up to 30 adult dogs and puppies a month. We need more strict policies to enforce it but also more education is needed for animals owners,” said Donna.
FNDC were approached for comment and had the following statement:
As soon as the Request for Service came through an Animal Management Officer went straight out to the property. He spoke with Betty, and inspected the sheep and the scene. He then organised for a dog trap to be loaned to Betty and this is now on her land. Staff are working with Betty to locate the dog(s) that attacked her sheep.
No dog attacks are not acceptable and the Council treats all reports of dog attacks, and dangerous and nuisance dogs seriously. Animal Management Officers investigate every dog attack report as soon as possible, and follow up on all nuisance or stray dog reports. Where warranted, Animal ManagementOfficers will prosecute dog owners and destroy dogs involved in attacks.
Unfortunately, attacks on stock often occur at night or in remote areas making the identification of dogs involved difficult. The best prevention is for dog owners to obey the Dog Control Act 1996. This requires (among other things) that all dogs are registered, kept under control, cared for, and prevented from injuring, endangering, intimidating, or otherwise causing distress to any person or animal.
The Act also allows a person to seize or destroy a dog if it is ‘attacking any other person, or any stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife.’
Ken Lewis – Senior Communications Advisor
Far North District Council