Doggone it—we did it

by Mike Isle

For the tenth consecutive year, Selwyn District Council has achieved 100% re-registration of known dogs for the year.

That is based on dogs registered in the 2017/18 year, which were still on the council’s records. There are now 13,659 dogs registered for the 2018/19 year.

Senior Animal Control Officer Steve Clarke said that the result indicates Selwyn is a dog-friendly district, where dog owners are responsible and take good care of their pets.

“People love their dogs and are usually more than happy to pay the registration fee to avoid seizure,” he said.

“The Dog Control Act gives council officers power to seize any unregistered dogs, but thankfully it hasn’t come to that.”

Mr Clarke said a number of factors contribute to the council maintaining its 100% registration, as required by law — this includes the comparatively low fees for registering their dogs and the council’s online payment service.

“The fee is discounted if it’s paid in July, with the full fee payable from August. If fees are not paid the dog owner can expect an infringement notice.”

“Online registration has made it even easier for people to register their dogs — 1,322 of our owners used our Dogs Online website to make alterations to their record with 914 of them using it to pay the registration. Of our 8,519 owners, 7,122 received their renewal notices via email,” Mr Clarke said.

At the end of the 2017/18 registration year, there were 13,524 dogs registered with the council, which was up from 13,202 in the 2016/17 year.