The Queenstown Lakes District Council is contemplating a new
dog control bylaw, seeking community input on some key
Regulatory manager Lee Webster said issues included how many
dogs could live at one property and whether dogs should have
their own places to exercise where they could run without
being called to heel.
''The Dog Control Act gives the council a lot of choices in
how it regulates dog ownership and behaviour, but there are
four areas that we think are particularly relevant to our
Those were whether dogs should continue to be banned from
specific public places, for example, the Queenstown Mall and
school playgrounds; whether dogs should have to remain on a
leash in specified places, such as rural trails; whether
there should continue to be a limit on the number of dogs
which could be kept at one residential address and, if so,
how many should be allowed as of right; and if there was a
need for land to be set aside as ''dog exercise areas''.
Mr Webster said the answers would be used to help councillors
decide whether to develop a new bylaw and, if they did, what
that should cover.
The survey was available at www.qldc.govt.nz and would close
on February 14.
Responses would be added to information the council already
held, including the number of dog-related complaints, to help
councillors make an informed decision.