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Submissions closed on February 26, 2021, 05:00 PM
Whanganui District Council is seeking feedback on the review of the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw.
Whanganui District Council is required to adopt a policy on dogs and must make a bylaw to give effect to the policy.
In reviewing its policy and bylaw, the council has adopted a wellbeing-focused approach to positively managing dogs within the district. This approach will prioritise safe interactions between dogs and people and increase owners’ capability to foster the positive aspects of dog ownership and reduce nuisance.
The council is proposes the following changes be made to the dog control policy and bylaw:
Amend the “Responsible Dog Owner” criteria to include a requirement to pass a written test on dog ownership knowledge (Preferred).
Under this option the council would require an owner to pass a written test on dog ownership in order to qualify as a first time “Responsible Dog Owner.”
Retain the existing “Responsible Dog Owner” criteria (Status Quo).
Under this option the council would retain the existing “Responsible Dog Owner” criteria.
Under control on a leash on all walkways, cycleways and shared paths (excluding places dogs are prohibited such as premier parks and lakes). (Preferred)
Maintain the Existing Dog Access Rules (Status Quo)
The existing dog access rules on public walkways, cycleways and shared paths are variable with most being under control on a leash while parts are under control off a leash (including Somme Parade between Dublin Street Bridge and PS Waimarie Jetty and Mountains to Sea Ngā Ara Tūhono Cycleway).
Formalise the council’s existing policy on the re-homing of dogs (Preferred)
Under this option, the council would formalise its existing policy on the re-homing of dogs.
No formal council policy on the re-homing of dogs (Status Quo).
Under this option the council would continue to have no formal policy on dog re-homing and would rely on organisational best practice and professional judgement to determine whether or not a dog is suitable for re-homing on a case by case basis.
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February 26, 2021, 05:00 PM
July 01, 2021, 12:00 PM