Dog owners have been warned to keep their pets on a leash
after reports of baby lambs being mauled on the Port Hills
area above Christchurch.
With lambing season underway, city council staff have been
alerted to "a number of incidents" where unrestrained dogs
have chased and mauled lambs, particularly in the
Scarborough, Godley Head Reserves and Rapaki regions of the
"Lambing season finishes around October, and until then it's
important that we keep our dogs leashed and under control at
all times if we're taking them into the Port Hills for a
walk," said animal control team leader Mark Vincent.
Other areas with vulnerable stock include Yaldhurst and
Animal control officers will be carrying out random visits to
enforce the requirements, Mr Vincent said.
"The health and wellbeing of this stock is vital," he said.
"If a dog is caught amongst this stock, its owner can face
serious penalties, with fines up to $300."