Participate in democracy: have your say on dog control laws

Caution: photo of dog attack victim at end of article – discretion advised


Dog control laws in New Zealand focus on keeping dogs under control and ensuring public safety. At the same time, the law protects our right to own a dog. While no law can stop all dog attacks, our current laws encourage responsible ownership and provide local councils with the powers and tools to keep communities safe.

The New Zealand Government has begun a review of dog control laws. The aim of the review is to see whether our current laws are doing enough to prevent dog attacks and decide whether the laws need changing.

We want to hear your thoughts about dog control laws and your ideas to reduce the risk and harm from dog attacks.

The means of providing feedback will be open from Monday 1 August to Friday 12 August.

To read up on it, you can visit the Department of Internal Affairs document here.

The DIA also operate the National Dog Database.

If you have fresh ideas or strong opinions on this matter, give it some thought and then provide your feedback once the feedback process opens.





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