Almost 250 dog attacks were reported to the Dunedin City
Council during the past 12 months.
Figures released by the council show 69 of the 244 dog
attacks in the city were on people and 175 on pets, livestock
and wild animals.
DCC animal control team leader Ros MacGill said the attacks
were often due to poor dog control.
''Owners need to remember that they are legally responsible
for their dog and they must take all reasonable steps to
ensure it does not injure, intimidate or annoy anyone,'' she
Owners are required to register their dogs every year by July
31. Of the 16,608 dogs known to the Dunedin City Council, 91%
are registered. Five dogs in Dunedin are considered
The DCC does not classify any breeds as dangerous. However,
menacing breeds listed in the Dog Control Act include the
Japanese Tosa, Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, American pit
bull terrier and Perro de Presa Canario, which are prone to
attack and able to inflict serious injury.
While some breeds were more aggressive, if owners were
proactive the chance of attacks could be reduced, she said.
''It starts when the dog is a puppy through socialisation
with both people and other animals . . . so that it knows how
to interact with children and other dogs.''
''To own any breed of dog is a responsibility and any breed
can cause problems depending on how it has been educated and
- by Alastair Lynn