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Animal ControlRatonga kararehe

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.

Animal Services


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.

Your Animal Services Team

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

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:

  • Supplying a quality service.
  • Listening to our customers.
  • Providing a professional service.
  • Responding in a timely manner.
  • Obtaining regular feedback from our customers.
  • Continually striving to improve our service.

 Other Services:

  • Microchipping
  • Education and advice on care of dogs.
  • Collar / lead sales

Microchipping Your Dog

We identify and return more dogs because of their microchips than any other reason. Dogs that are microchipped are saved to a National Dog Database - meaning that no matter where in the country they are when lost, they can be reunited with you.

All dogs are legally required to be microchipped. Our Animal Services team can microchip your dog for about half the cost as it would to go through the vet. If you are interested, please get in touch to arrange an appointment.

To register your dog please go here

Annual Dog Safety and Control Report 2018-19

 The Dog Control Act 1996 makes councils responsible for the control of dogs and makes the registration of dogs mandatory each year. The Annual Dog Safety and Control Report 2018-19 presents currently available information on dog populations, dog attacks, enforcement and prosecutions.



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