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.

June 29, 2008

Dog attacks on sheep mean tough fines

Owners of dogs that attack stock could be fined up to $3000 or face three months in jail, Whangarei's dog control boss is warning after the latest attack on sheep in the city.

What's wrong with paying for the killed sheep? More people in our overcrowded jail?!?
Sheese, can't anyone think of something else apart of fines and jail?

Three ewes and two lambs were ripped apart and killed by two dogs at the bottom of Maunu Hill yesterday, Environmental Northland boss Keith Thompson said. Two other lambs were attacked but survived.


Mr Thompson said the problem of dogs worrying stock could be avoided if owners kept a closer eye on their pets.

"Some owners just let their dogs out and then don't worry about what they get up to.

"Some think that their dog would never attack stock but it can be any dog with teeth that can attack - we once had a dachshund in for worrying sheep," he said.

How about teaching dogs not to go after sheep. Obviously once the dog got a bite of blood on its teeth, it's a difficult situation. Being proactive though...

Why not have dog lessons from the Pound Control Officers and teach people how to teach their dogs NOT to go after stock. Wouldn't it be easier to have dog owners learn how to educate their dogs around stock? Obviously it wouldn't work with all dogs because of their breed, and so dog owners should know this when they get their dog...

Fines aren't working, so let's think outside the square.


  • At 2:44 p.m., Blogger rgblog said…

    The restricted breeds on most lists are Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman, English Bull Terrier, Alsatian, Japanese Akita, Japanese Tosa, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

    I think proper training is absolutely necessary to help ensure a healthy environment especially for dogs disposed to problems such as Pits.

    I agree that training should include positive rewards. Owners should always have treats with them while walking their dogs to reward positive behavior at the time of the act.

    Good Dog !!


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