Wandering dogs to be desexed

The Gore District Council may get tough on wandering dogs.

This week, the council's regulatory and planning committee recommended the dog control bylaw be amended to give the council authority to have a dog desexed if it was caught wandering more than once in a 12-month period.

The dog's owner would have to pay for the operation.

Dog control working party chairwoman Cr Nicky Davis said the council needed to send a strong message that it was not desirable to have dogs repeatedly roaming the streets.

The proposed amendment would give the council's dog control officer the ability to be more forceful, but the wording of the amendment would enable the dog control officer to exercise some discretion, she said.