Dunedin dog registrations top 17,000

An extra 193 dogs registered in Dunedin has brought the total for the city to 17,250.

The city’s annual report to the Department of Internal Affairs says the majority of owners were "generally very compliant" in terms of not exercising their dogs in prohibited areas, and using a leash where they should.

But the Dunedin City Council report said there were 3086 complaints about "aggression, attacking, barking, fouling and wandering dogs" in the year to June 30.

Of those, 59% were complaints about barking or wandering dogs.

The report to the planning and environment committee, set to be discussed on Tuesday, shows 396 dogs were impounded in the period, three more than the year before, and 39% of the total were unregistered.

There were 630 infringement notices issued to owners, a decrease of 18 notices from the previous 12 months.

No owners were prosecuted for a breach of the Dog Control Act.The report said Dunedin had seven dogs classified as dangerous and 195 as menacing, 43 of those classified in the last year.

Dog parks remained popular, with the six available getting positive public feedback.

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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