Buller District Council

Free Desexing Campaign for Menacing Dogs

13th July, 2017

Buller District Council has received funding from the Government for the neutering of menacing dogs. This means that Council will be offering free neutering for all eligible dogs.

The Department of Internal Affairs grant is part of an $850,000 nationwide neutering scheme announced as part of the new national action plan in late 2016 which is aimed at reducing the risk and harm of dog attacks.

It is expected that proposed Government legislation making it compulsory for all dangerous and menacing dogs to be neutered will come into force in the near future.

Because of this Buller District Councils Animal Control Team is encouraging all owners of dogs classed as dangerous or menacing to take advantage of this free neutering.

Please get in touch with the Animal Control Team and register your interest

(03) 788 9111 or 0800 807 239

Or email tracy@bdc.govt.nz

 To be eligible for this funding your dog needs to be classified as menacing by breed/type or behavior.

Dogs can be classed as menacing if they are seen as, or are reported to be, posing a threat to people, stock, poultry, domestic animals or wildlife. There are also five breeds of dogs automatically classed as menacing under the Dog Control Act 1996. They are:

Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro De Persa Canario, Pit Bull Breeds


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