100,000 dogs to be registered by 1 August

Press Release – Auckland Council

100,000 dogs to be registered by 1 August
Auckland’s 87,000 dog owners have until the end of July to register more than 100,000 dogs.

Auckland Council’s Animal Management Manager Tracey Moore says dog registration is required by law to ensure councils have the information they need to help find wandering, lost or stolen dogs.

“The most important reason for registering your dog is so if it goes missing or wanders off it is easier for us to reunite you. It also helps us keep track of dogs that have changed owners or districts,” she says.

Fees collected from dog registrations will fund approximately 60 per cent of Auckland Council’s animal management services for 2014/15.

Animal management provides a wide range of services across the community including three council animal shelters which care for approximately 9000 stray or lost dogs each year, most of which are reunited with their owners or are adopted out.

Animal management staff across the region work to ensure the public is protected from nuisance animals and provide education on dog safety and advice through publications and school visits.

Auckland Council also runs a responsible dog owner licence scheme, where certified owners receive discounted rates on their registration to reward those owners who go that extra mile looking after their dog.

This year dogs will be issued with a green tag to wear on their collar once the registration is complete.

For further information on dog registrations visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/dogs

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