No change to dog laws despite 27,000 injuries
More than 27,000 people have been injured by dogs in the past two years, costing taxpayers $5 million in ACC treatment.
But the Government remains unwilling to change dog control legislation.
Since January 2010, there have been 27,547 dog-related injuries - at a rate of almost 200 a week, or 27 a day. The figures relate to any injury involving a dog that required ACC treatment for the victim.
Local Government Minister David Carter's two predecessors both pledged to investigate dog control legislation, but nothing has yet been done.
Rodney Hide vowed to reform dog laws before the November 2011 election, but his review was delayed by the Christchurch earthquakes. After a series of attacks in January this year, Nick Smith said he would investigate the incidents and identify whether there were any issues that had implications for the law.
Mr Carter said Internal Affairs Department officials had advised him that "no amendments to the Dog Control Act were identified that required legislative change to promote public safety around dogs". HOW ABOUT DOG SAFETY AROUND PEOPLE? "There is therefore no plan to reinstate a review of the legislation. The Government is undertaking a major reform of local government legislation and our current focus is on seeing this through." MORE>>
Where's the REAL DATA !! What does ONE DOG BITE MEAN? Where is the scale of bites so that we have better reporting, Where's the research??