Otamatea Reserve

Our friendly Animal Management team encourages care and control of animals in the Whanganui District.

Whanganui District Council has a capable and experienced Animal Management team that works hard to prevent animal inconvenience, nuisance or safety issues for the community.

A Dog Control Bylaw 2015(PDF, 185KB) was introduced in June 2015 to reflect community feedback about the management of dogs in our district. It aims to improve community safety by reducing the number of unwanted dogs, roaming dogs and dogs likely to attack people.

Our team issues dog registrations, provides advice about the housing and welfare of animals, responds to calls about wandering stock, patrols suburban streets, maintains the dog pound and deals with incidents involving aggressive dogs.

We have an Animal Management Education Officer who takes a preventative approach to community safety by educating people, especially children, about caring for animals and interacting with them safely.

Hours and contact details

The Animal Management team is based at the Animal Pound, Airport Road, and can respond to a variety of requests around the clock. Full cover is provided from 8.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. We also provide a limited range of after-hours services for issues with dog attacks, serious aggressive animal behaviour, stock wandering on roads, roaming dogs secured on private property and incidents with police involvement.

You can contact us on (06) 349 0001 at any time.