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Menacing dogs - on the attack

With a desire to reduce animal-related nuisance and harm, Auckland Council wants to create a healthier and safer place for Auckland. Especially after the rise of dog attacks.

In November 2014, there were 58 recorded attacks and 55 bites.

In January 2016, there were 113 recorded attacks and 90 bites.

Collecting and analysing data, Auckland Council identified these breeds as “menacing dogs”:

  • Pit Bull
  • Brazilian Fila
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Perro de Presa Canario

In response, the Auckland Council began a movement to reduce the risk menacing dogs pose to the public. Along with reducing the number of unregistered menacing dogs, the council wants to educate and motivate owners of menacing dogs to de-sex and microchip their dogs.

As such, the Auckland Council offered an amnesty for owners of unregistered menacing dogs. Up until the end of June, the council offered de-sexing, microchipping and muzzles for just $25.

Councillor Calum Penrose, chair of the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee, states:

“A dog attack affects an entire community. It leaves victims with permanent scars, both physically and emotionally, and can tear families apart. However, we recognise that this amnesty is a short-term solution and we cannot do this alone. We are calling on the support of the government to make changes to the Dog Control Act to require all councils throughout New Zealand to tackle this issue.”

Auckland Mayor Len Brown agrees, adding:

“Working alongside the government will allow us to tackle this very important issue head on. In the long term, it will reduce the strain on our resources and on the health system.”

After July 1, the council will start seizing menacing dogs and fining owners.

Although the amnesty discount is no longer in effect, if your pup is unregistered we highly recommend getting in touch with the Auckland Council. They can point you in the right direction so you can prevent encountering a hefty fine -- and more importantly -- a forced separation from your furry loved one.

Click here to get in contact with the Auckland Council

There are many factors to consider when choosing a new furry companion. Whether they belong to the “menacing dogs” list or not, you want to make sure the breed you choose aligns with your lifestyle. A mismatch can cause stress -- for you and your dog.

For more information on how to choose the best breed for your lifestyle, please check out the Auckland Council’s guidelines here.

Is your dog a “menacing dog”?
If so, is your dog registered? If you are unsure of what to do next, give us a bell in store on 09 448 2227. We are here to help.