Dog owner petitions for vet bill subsidy

Queenstown's David Simpson, with his pet chihuahua Buster, wants the Government to subsidise vet...
Queenstown's David Simpson, with his pet chihuahua Buster, wants the Government to subsidise vet bills. Photo by Christina McDonald.
A Queenstown man is asking why vet bills are not subsidised.

David Simpson owns two chihuahuas with his wife and planned to hand over a petition at 11am today to a staff member at Clutha-Southland member of Parliament Bill English's office in Frankton.

His petition asks that the ''House of Representatives look at the viability of reducing veterinary costs to the consumer, especially to those on low incomes''.

Mr Simpson accepts there will be debate for and against the proposal and said the idea that people on low incomes should not own a pet is not a watertight argument.

''I understand that logic ... but let's face it, a lot of people have pets but [then] circumstances change in their life.''

He pointed to people who had inherited a pet from a deceased relative and said his dogs were bought to be companions for his wife and are cherished.

A petition to the House of Representatives needs to be signed by at least one person and petitions are allocated to a select committee which could then seek further information, hear evidence and make recommendations.

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