Man's best friend is an important part of the whānau. It's important as their owners to know what your responsibilities are, and how together we can keep both humans and your furry pals happy, healthy and safe.
Central Hawke's Bay District Council employs one Animal Services Officer whose tasks include regular patrolling of all areas of the district collecting stray dogs and where possible locating their owners. The officer is also responsible for wandering stock and natural pests.
Annual dog registration forms are sent out with fees payable by 1st July each year to receive a discount. After 1st August a penalty is imposed. Non-registration will result in an infringement being issued.
Council also encourages owners to take their dogs to an obedience school. A responsible dog owner scheme is in place in Central Hawke's Bay. This is a special licence price given to those owners who have demonstrated to Council they are good owners by paying fees on time, that have had their dogs desexed and have dogs that are under control at all times and do not wander off the property, and that their property is fully fenced. An inspection of your property must be carried out before the end of April each year.
The Animal Services Team are located in the Waipawa Office in Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa. Telephone +64 6 857 8060.
Currently unclaimed dogs are housed at the SPCA in Coughlan Rd, Waipukurau.
If we find your dog roaming for the first time, and that dog is registered, our team will return your animal to you. We may need to keep your dog in our pound until we reach you. We take good care of your dog if it is impounded, ensuring it is warm, well fed and receives any veterinary care it might need.
When we visit, we will try to ascertain if there is anything that could be done to make sure your pet doesn’t escape again. We know how upsetting it can be to be separated from your dog. Microchipping your dog will help us connect you to your dog if it is lost. If your dog isn't microchipped, we can do that for you, for about half the price of what it would cost at the vet.
Responsible dog ownership means more than simply loving your dog. Dog ownership is a serious commitment that takes time and energy. Over recent years there have been a number of widely publicised dog attacks reported in the media nationwide. Few of these would have happened if the dog owner had ensured their dog was under control at all times and had been paying attention to ensure that the dog was happy and that the situation was appropriate. Central Hawke's Bay District Council's Animal Services Team is committed to preventing such incidents by a combination of education, prevention and enforcement.
Please play your part in ensuring that dog ownership is a pleasant experience for everyone.
Council is committed to:
Animal Control Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).
|Dog Registration||Fee (incl GST)|
|Note: Proportionate fees apply for Dog Registration from 1st August for all dogs legally required to be registered from that date and pups that turn 3 months of age after that date.|
|Other Charges||Microchipping||$30.00||Replacement tags||$5.00||Collars - Large||$10.00||Collars - Small||$8.00|
|Note: Early Payment Discount: A discount of $10.00 is only available for those registrations paid prior to 1st of July each year.||Town Dogs||$95.00||Responsible Dog Owner||$55.00||Rural Dog||$47.00||Responsible Dog Owner Property Inspection||$50.00||Pensioner / Gold Card Dog Owner||$37.00||Dangerous Dog||$500.00||Penalty for payment received after 1 August||$20.00|
|Dog Impounding||First impounding||$50.00||Second impounding||$65.00||Third impounding||$125.00||Daily charge||$16.00||After hours opening fee||$50.00|
|Note: Pursuant to the Impounding Act 1955||Staff attendance at incidents of stock on roads including State Highways (per hour)||$200.00||Travel costs (per km)||$1.00||Minimum charge||$100.00|
|Impounding fees for stock (excluding dogs)||Fee (incl GST)|
|Note: Trespass rates shall be additional and as described in the Regulation to the Impounding Amendment Act 1980.||Sustenance for every animal per day||$15.00||Notice to owner by post or delivery||$15.00||Notice to owner by advertisement[s]||At cost||Transport to Pound [By transport operators or other]||At cost||Transport to Pound [By Council]||At cost||Transport to Pound [By droving]||At cost||Minimum charge for any impounding||$150.00||Minimum Charge for second and subsequent impounding of stock from same owner - additional fee.||$200.00||Impounding for every animal per day||$15.00|
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