New Zealand Dog News

Reviewing the dog news in New Zealand with editors comments. Someone needs to keep reviewing how our dogs are doing in society.

March 14, 2006

Council pooch patrol reports in

14 March 2006
An average of 16 dogs a week are sent to the pound in the New Plymouth district.

If all dog owners got their dogs out, that would be ... what? ... $300(fine) + $50(cost or something) x 16 (dogs) =$5 600 a week.

The vast majority of complaints to dog control are for pooches on the prowl – wandering the streets when they should not be. (on the prowl?? is this meaning 'wanting to kill'? destroy? .. what a choice of words! Sounds like teenagers... )

The picture featured here is a device for dogs. It's a mobile phone for dogs! Perhaps council would help fund these gadgets!

From their website (which I don't make any money)"The PetsCellTM - the first voice enabled waterproof GPS cell phone optimized for animals, will be available for distribution early in 2006. Measuring approximately 5 cm’s wide, 2.5 cm’s thick and 9.4 cm’s long, the PetsCellTM sets the standard for GPS tacking devices for pets. " from PetsMobility

Barking canines also attract a decent chunk of the public's grumbles.
What the difference between grumbling and barking? ya ya semantics... why's my blog, I can tear it out as I like (smile).
The Pet Walking business and the doggie day care centers should be tax deductible just like Day Care is deductible... Ask any dog owner and they would probably use doggie day care centres if it were tax deductible. Now this is a good subject for the next election. Any takers?

The New Plymouth District Council has released, for the first time, a report on its dog control policy and practices in the district – although the information is almost a year old, covering the financial year from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.

It's about time that the consumer finds these things out!

Because of recent amendments to the Dog Control Act, local councils are required to publicly report on their dog control practices.

What? didn't they before? Who were they accountable to?

In the 2004-2005 year, 846 dogs were impounded. Only 565, or 66.8%, were returned to their owners.

If an average of 16 dogs a week got impoiunded, and a average of 10 got let out, that means ($350x 10 dogs) the council makes around $3 500 a week on wandering dogs, who for the most part don't cause trouble. Of course, the litter of rubbish bags, and perhpas for some people the fear of a dog wondering (made worse by the media's scare mongering of 'wandering dogs'), and other things, but... $ 3 500... that's profit minus dog officer cost plus dog registration cost..

Dogs are business...

NPDC enforcement manager Lloyd Crow said that if a dog was taken to the pound and was wearing an identity tag, its owner would be contacted and asked to pick up the animal within seven days. (and to pay all the extras too...)

"Dogs not wearing a tag will be held for a minimum period of seven days awaiting possible inquiry from the owners, or thereafter re-homing of the dog can be considered," he said.

minus the cost of re-homing... but then an extra dog registration fee...

Almost 8000 dogs were registered during that year, with dog control officers receiving 2435 complaints – 1066 for wandering dogs, 647 for barking and 172 for aggressive behaviour.
Dogs attacking people prompted 54 complaints, while there were 29 objections to dogs attacking cats, 52 for dogs attacking other dogs and 29 for dogs attacking livestock.

Other complaints included nine for dogs ripping open rubbish bags, 37 for failure to remove faeces, and 48 for roaming and fouling.

There were 471 infringement notices sent to dog owners and one prosecution undertaken.

So how much did council MAKE in dollar terms? That's what I'd like to know!


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