responsible dog ownership

Councils’ continued persecution of dog owners

Dogs haven’t had very good PR and appear to have very few effective advocates in most places around the country. ?As a result, there are fewer places for them to run free. ?Instead people are corralled in a “exercise park” which frequently represents little more than a block of flat land with a large fence around it.

Yet, compared to cat owners, dog owners pay through the nose, get over-regulated, and exist in a dog hostile community.

Dog owners are upset proposed changes to dog access bylaws could restrict their freedom to favourite beaches and parks.

Several Auckland local boards have proposed changes to dog regulations, including a complete ban on dogs at Shoal Bay on the North Shore, near Birkenhead.

Businesswoman Angela Beer, who administers Auckland dog-owner groups on Facebook catering to about 50,000 members, has organised submissions opposing some changes.

Ms Beer said it was disappointing that the number of places available for dogs to roam free was being decreased at a time when dog ownership was rising.

“None of us want to have dog attacks, or soiling on the beaches, but it is important to give dogs space on the beach,” she said. Read more »

The only way to stop dog attacks is to kill and ban all dogs

Dogs bite.

Some dogs.

And when politicians get in the way, they decided that mandatory chipping of dogs would solve that problem. ?Just like mandatory number plates reduces accidents.

But until now, we register dogs. ?This has just been a taxing mechanism to place the cost of bad dog owners with the part of the rate payer that also own dogs but are well behaved.

Don’t ask me, it makes no sense, but that’s reality for you.

Of course, we still would like to reduce the number of dog biting incidents, so what would be a good step?

Weeding out bad dogs? ?Or bad dog owners?

Simon Day reports

In the wake of a number of serious dog attacks, a majority of New Zealanders want dog owners, not just their dogs, to be compulsorily registered. Read more »