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Your main legal responsibilities as a dog owner are set down in
The Dog Control Act 1996
As a dog owner you have to
The Dog Control Act prohibits the importation into New Zealand of American Pit Bull Terrier type dogs, and Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa breeds.
The Act also lays out the powers and responsibilities of city and district councils.
City and district council policy and bylaws
Councils can make policy and bylaws which could include
Councils can classify a dog as menacing if it considers that it poses a threat to any person, stock, poultry, domestic animal, or protected wildlife because of
Menacing dogs must be muzzled when in public places and may be required by the council to be neutered.
Councils can classify a dog as dangerous if
Dangerous dogs are required to be kept within a fully fenced area, neutered and muzzled and kept on a leash in public places.
Councils can disqualify someone from owning a dog or declare them to be a probationary owner if they incur more than three infringement offences within two years or are convicted of an offence under the Dog Control Act, Parts 1 and 2 of the Animal Welfare Act 1999, section 26ZZP of the Conservation Act 1987, or section 56I of the National Parks Act 1980.
As well as having a policy and making local bylaws, your local council provides or arranges local dog control services including dog registration, dog complaint handling, education and information about dog control and safety around dogs, pick up, impounding, rehoming or destruction of stray or seized dogs.
For more detailed information about your responsibilities and rights as a dog owner in your area, you should check your local council’s bylaws and dog control information. See Your Council.
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