Two options for dog parks in Tamahere are up for discussion as part of a review of the Waikato District Council’s dog control by-law.
The choice is between a new, fenced dog exercise area at Te Awa Reserve or one at Tamahere Park.
Also under discussion are proposals to limit the number of dogs in rural zones to two dogs per property, with some exemptions. Anyone wanting three or more dogs would require a council permit.
The proposal has arisen because, at times, large numbers of dogs are being kept unsafely on rural properties.
Working dogs would be exempt from the rule and neither would it apply for multi-unit or Papakaainga housing, or at boarding kennels or dog daycare centres.
“Currently, there is no limit to the number of dogs that can be kept on rural properties in the Waikato district but there is a limit of two dogs on all properties which are not rural. Over the past five years, council has received 58 complaints about multiple dogs in rural areas. This has led to 156 dogs being found in poor conditions and showing signs of neglect,” said Animal Control Team Leader Tracey Oakes.
Detailed information on the proposed changes is available on Council’s website: www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/dogbylaw.
Submissions are open now and the consultation closes on January 16.
The council is legally required to review the bylaw, which provides an opportunity to look at ways to improve the rules governing dog ownership in the district.
“We have approximately 15,000 dogs in our district so it’s important that it strikes a balance between the wishes of dog owners, the welfare needs of dogs and the needs of wider community,” said Oakes.