Input needed on canine comrades

There are nearly 14,000 dogs in the Waikato district and changes are afoot for where they can and can’t go, and how they are treated.

Autumn runs free – a happy canine rescued by Cherie Baker’s DC Rescue Dogs. Pic: Laura Burwell

The Waikato District Council is seeking locals’ views on proposed changes to the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw, which covers areas where dogs are prohibited or restricted, exercise areas for them, their classification and the requirement for some to be neutered.

The bylaw also takes in the issuing of infringement notices, impounding and disposal of dogs, and education programmes and fees.

Proposed changes include combining the Franklin District and Waikato District bylaws, prohibiting dogs from areas leading up to Department of Conservation (DOC) land, and removing the limit of one dog per unit in a multi-unit residential development.

With just under 14,000 dogs in the district, Sue Duignan, General Manager Customer Support, said it was important for the council to hear from residents about the services the council offers – whether, for instance, they’re happy with dog exercise areas, or unhappy about the areas where dogs are restricted.

The council is also reviewing the Keeping of Animals Bylaw, which outlines rules around keeping animals other than dogs on properties.

The proposal combines the Franklin and the Waikato district bylaws.

All registered dog owners will be mailed a summary of the policy and bylaw as well as a submission form and freepost envelope. Feedback is required by February 20.

Further information, copies of the statement of proposals, proposed bylaws and submission forms can be found on the council’s website or at any council office or library.

Submissions can be made by:
• entering it online at
• emailing it to
• posting it to Waikato District Council, 15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia 3720
• faxing it to (07) 824 8091
• delivering it to any Council Office or library.

A hearing will be held on March 18 for those wanting to present submissions in person.

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