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Dogs and cats - Kuri me ngeru

We want to encourage responsible dog ownership. Taking good care of your dog includes keeping others safe and avoiding situations where your dog annoys, frightens or injures someone or another animal. Responsible dog owners register their dogs, have them micro-chipped and keep them under control in public spaces.

Go to the Dog Management Policy 2018 to find out where and when owners can exercise their dogs on or off-leash, and where dogs are prohibited. The council’s Dog Management Bylaw 2018 gives effect to the council’s Dog Management Policy 2018 and should be read in conjunction with this policy.

  • Adopt a dog

    We have dogs in need of a new home. You can apply to adopt one on this webpage.
  • Dog complaints

    If a dog has caused harm or is creating a nuisance, you can call our contact centre on 0800 920 029 or on (09) 401 5200.
  • Feral and stray cats

    The council supports responsible cat ownership which includes microchipping, de-sexing and keeping cats contained at night.
  • Lodge a dog related request or enquiry

    Click here to lodge a dog related request or enquiry.
  • Maps for dog walking areas

    Go here for maps and information about where on-leash and off-leash restrictions apply when walking your dog in the Far North.
  • Microchip your dog

    Most dogs must be microchipped. A microchipping service is available on request.
  • Register your dog

    Dogs must be registered from three months of age, or as soon as they come into your possession.
  • Reporting illegal dog activity

    Animal abuse is a serious crime and can result in severe penalties. Animal cruelty defines a range of behaviours from neglect to malicious killing.

Last updated: 03 Jul 2024 10:22am