Animal Management

Our Animal Management team encourages better care and control of dogs in the urban and rural areas of our district.

The team is also responsible for enforcing laws and regulations associated with animals and their owners in order to prevent inconvenience, nuisance or safety issues for the general public.

We are based in the Whanganui District Council's Guyton Street building and respond to a variety of requests around the clock. We provide full cover from 8.30am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.

We provide a limited range of services, determined by the urgency of the problem, after hours. These are limited to dog attacks, serious aggressive behaviour, incidents where the Police are involved or when a member of the public has secured a roaming dog on private property for pick up.

You can contact us on 349 0001 at any time. ​

​Dog Control Bylaw ​2​​​015​

The Dog Control Bylaw 2015 was adopted by the Council in June 2015 to reflect the feedback we received from the community about how dogs should be managed in our district. The changes we've made to the bylaw aim to improve community safety by reducing the number of unwanted dogs, roaming dogs and dogs likely to attack people.

If you are a dog owner, here's a few important things you need to remember.

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times in public places, except in designated off-leash areas
  • A new, designated off-leash area has been created on the riverbank walkway, from the corner of Taupo Quay and Wilson Street to the northern end of Bedford Avenue ​​​​​​​​

  • Only three dogs can be registered per household, unless you have an exemption licence from the Council. (This only applies to urban areas and does not apply to households where more than three dogs were registered before June 2015)
  • The fee for releasing a dog from the pound has been increased to $90.00

More information about being a good dog owner can be found in the Dog Owner's Handbook.

Page reviewed: 08 Mar 2019 1:18pm