New Zealand Dog News

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December 21, 2009

Finder's fine waived, puppy reunited with owner

The Invercargill City Council has backed down from a hefty fine it issued to an Invercargill couple who rescued a lost puppy.

Sue and Grant Hedges were fined $750 after they rescued the puppy on Sunday but refused to hand it over to animal control officers, fearing it could be in danger from larger dogs at the pound.

Their plight was highlighted in The Southland Times yesterday and resulted in a flurry of condemnation from the public about the council's animal control policy.

Yesterday morning Invercargill City Council environmental and planning services director William Watt and environmental principal health officer Debbie Fortuin arrived at Mrs Hedges' house to get the dog and waived the fine. MORE>>

I'm sure the council thought... darn, a lost opportunity of making some quick cash!


  • At 12:12 p.m., Blogger g said…

    i have had personal experience where a kind hearted person has wanted to look after the dog until owner claiming and has then been intimidated by the owner for calling the council when sent to collect their dog! Council has no control over who comes to claim the dog and the finder should seriously consider this before asking to look after the dog. Also the finder becomes legally responsible for that dogs care/welfare and if anything happened to the dog then they may be sued or be held accountible for damage done by/to that dog.. Think on..


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