Dog registration makes me angry. It’s a tax on good people to pay for the bad ones

How about we drop dog registration fees and then charge the true cost of any dog related problems or enforcement to those that actually cause the drama?

“We reward responsible dog owners, people who de-sex their dogs and special service dogs, who are much less likely to be the cause of nuisance or dog attack callouts,” Auckland Council’s bylaws and regulatory committee chair councillor Calum Penrose said.

He said this year the council would target the bottom 10 per cent who “take a free ride at the expense of other dog owners”.

“Dog registration is a user-pays service and fees cover the entire cost of keeping Aucklanders safe from dog-related nuisance and harm.

“None of that comes out of rates. Every dog owner who doesn’t pay their share is leaving it to others to pay for their dogs,” he said.

And there you have it.  Good dog owners are paying for those who are not. 

Mr Penrose said dog registration fees contributed to areas of animal management, including a 24-hour a day response to dog attacks, beach and park patrols, animal shelters and adoptions and reuniting lost dogs with owners.

They also contributed to dog safety initiatives such as the Menacing Dogs Amnesty, which saw more than 450 menacing dogs register for de-sexing, microchipping and muzzles.

This is available to menacing dogs, particularly American pit bull terriers, which are not registered for the 2015/16 year.

If the dog is registered before July 1, the council will waive the registration fee for the 2016/17 year.

Dog owners will also be able to get their dogs de-sexed, microchipped and muzzled for $25.

The Menacing Dogs Amnesty expires on 30 June, 2016.

From July 1, animal management officers would actively search for and seize unregistered dogs that pose a risk to public safety.

Or, they are fined $2000 and the rest of us who do not cause any load or demand on council dog rangers should just be left alone to go about our law abiding business.

 

– NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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