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Free de-sexing and micro-chipping is now available for dogs classed as menacingmenacing dogs

Funding for this has been provided by the Government as part of a national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.

Menacing breeds

There are five breeds of dogs automatically classed as menacing: American Pitbull Terrier, Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, and Perro de Presa Canario. Dogs can also be classed as menacing if they’re seen as, or reported to be, posing a threat to people, stock, poultry, domestic animals, or wildlife.

In most cases de-sexing makes dogs less aggressive. Male dogs that are de-sexed are less distracted (by females in heat) and easier to train. De-sexing dogs that fall into the menacing category also prevents unwanted breeding.

Under our Dog Control Policy all dogs classed as menacing must be de-sexed and microchipped.

Limited opportunity

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga is determined to see all menacing dogs comply with the Policy.

“This is a limited opportunity for owners of high-risk dogs to have their animals de-sexed and micro-chipped at no cost. It’s well known de-sexing makes dogs less aggressive so we’re taking a tough stance on this in the interest of everyone’s safety. Anyone that doesn’t take advantage of this offer can expect us to take further action.”

Funding is for a limited time and on a “first in” basis. Those interested should contact the Council.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is paying for the de-sexing programme?

The Government (Department of Internal Affairs) has made funding available to local councils for the de-sexing of dogs classed as menacing, as part of a national strategy to reduce the risk and harm from dog attacks in our community.

We recently successfully applied for some of this funding which has allowed us to offer free de-sexing to dogs classed as menacing, for a limited time.

Who is paying for the micro-chipping?

The Government funding we’ve received is specifically for the de-sexing of dogs classed as menacing. However, we’re conscious the cost of microchipping can also be expensive and a barrier to some dog owners, so we’re covering this for the duration of the programme.

Is my dog classed as menacing?

There are five breed/types automatically classed as menacing: Brazilian Fila, American Pitbull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario.

Dogs can also be classed as menacing because of their behavior and actions. For instance, if they’re seen as, or are reported to be, posing a threat to people, stock, poultry, domestic animals or wildlife.

My dog is part American Pitbull Terrier (or one of the other identified breeds). Is he still automatically classed as menacing?

It depends. If the dog’s predominant breed is one of the five identified breeds, then yes he will automatically be classed as menacing. In cases where this is unclear, or there is disagreement, an assessment will be made by our dog control officers.

Is it compulsory for my dog to be de-sexed and microchipped if she is classed as menacing?

Yes. Under the Dog Control Act 1996 and our Dog Control Policy all dogs classed as menacing must be de-sexed and microchipped.

This is because in most cases de-sexing makes dogs less aggressive. Male dogs that are de-sexed are less distracted (by females in heat) and easier to train. De-sexing also prevents unwanted breeding.

Will the Government pay for my non-menacing dog to be de-sexed?

Unfortunately, no. The Government funding we’ve received is specifically for the de-sexing of dogs classed as menacing, as part of a national strategy to reduce the risk and harm from dog attacks in our community.

How long will free de-sexing and microchipping of dogs classed as menacing be available?

Funding is limited and on a “first in” basis so interested owners of dogs classed as menacing should contact us as soon as possible.

How do I apply for free de-sexing and microchipping of my dog?

Phone us on 0800 734 834 or 07 863 8609 or email info@hauraki-dc.govt.