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Animal Control servicesNgā ratonga mana whakahaere kararehe

Our Animal Control officers are first and foremost animal lovers. And they’re committed to maintaining the peace between animals and humans. They do this by way of education with one of their core roles being to encourage responsible dog ownership in Napier's communities.

Responsible dog ownership

You may have seen news reports about, or heard of, a number of vicious dog attacks in recent years. Few of these types of attacks would have happened if the dog owner had ensured his or her dog was under control at all times. Napier City Council's Animal Control team is committed to preventing such incidents through its combination of education and enforcement.

You can play your part in ensuring that dog ownership is a pleasant experience for everyone by taking responsibility for registering your dog. Napier currently has 6887 registered dogs - which is around 89% of known dogs in the city. This is a great result, but we can always do better, so if your dog is yet to be registered, please contact us to get this process underway.

But registration is only one part of the equation. Animal Control also works hard to promote responsible dog ownership in the community, and ensure the safety of the public.

Your Dog Control Team

If we find your dog roaming for the first time, and that dog is registered, our team will return your animal to you. We may need to keep your dog in our pound until we reach you. We take good care of your dog if it is impounded, ensuring it is warm, well fed and receives any veterinary care it might need.

When we visit, we will try to ascertain if there is anything that could be done to make sure your pet doesn’t escape again. We know how upsetting it can be to be separated from your dog. Microchipping your dog will help us connect you to your dog if it is lost. If your dog isn't microchipped, we can do that for you, free of charge. We also provide a discount for neutering (de-sexing) your dog. Contact us for details.

What Else Does Animal Control Do?

  • Animal Control maintains the two dog agility tracks – Park Island and PGA -  and a dog shower at Park Island so that you can clean up your dog after a fun day out.
  • Animal Control keeps 12 dog poo-bag dispensers topped up around our city.
  • We visit schools and kindergartens and run education programmes to teach children how to be safe around dogs. Please contact us if you would like a session.
  • We are proud of our “All Ears” reading programmes, run in conjunction with the library. These sessions help children gain confidence reading aloud to a gentle dog companion.

Annually our officers receive over 3000 service requests, from things like barking dogs and trapped dogs to dog attacks.  We investigate and resolve these requests as they come in. We provide advice, help check fences and gates, can help install running wires to keep dogs contained, and we can help you understand your dog’s behaviour.

Impounded Dogs

Every year we must impound dogs for various reasons. Dogs might be impounded because they have attacked other animals or people, are found roaming, or have been surrendered to us. We try our very best to return lost or roaming dogs to their owners. All other dogs, where possible are rehomed. We follow a strict protocol to ensure the dog is desexed, physically well, and has a temperament suitable to be rehomed. We need to be able to ensure the public’s safety.

In some cases, the dog cannot be returned or rehomed. A dog may be very unwell, or does not pass our rehoming test – in short, it could be a danger to others. A small percentage of our dogs are euthanised. Two Animal Control Officers must agree on this course of action, and sign it off, before euthanasia is performed by a registered vet. Over time, Napier City Council has been able to rehome more and euthanise less. Most council pounds expect to euthanise around 20% of its animals. In the past year Napier City Council has euthanised 15.75%.

1/07/2014 – 30/06/2015  NCC impounded 838 dogs and 179 of these were euthanised (21.4%)

1/07/2015 – 30/06/2016  NCC impounded 495 dogs and 78 of these were euthanised  (15.75%)

1/07/2016 – 30/06/2017  NCC impounded 468 dogs and 85 of these were euthanised  (18.16%)

Dog Control Stats

 July 2014 - June 2015 
 Total dogs impounded 838
 Dogs rehomed 31
 Dogs surrendered to the SPCA 85
 Dogs returned to owner 534
 Dogs euthanised 179
 Other (death by natural causes etc) 9
 July 2015 - June 2016 
 Total dogs impounded 495
 Dogs rehomed 50
 Dogs surrendered to the SPCA 38
 Dogs returned to owner 328
 Dogs euthanised 78
 Other (death by natural causes etc) 1
 July 2016 - June 2017 
 Total dogs impounded 468
 Dogs rehomed 52
 Dogs surrendered to SPCA 24
 Dogs returned to owner 303
 Dogs euthanised 85
 Other (death by natural causes etc) 4

Say Hello

You might see our Animal Control Officers out and about, perhaps in Pandora, Park Island or on the Rotary pathway. Stop and have a chat - they're happy to help out and will answer any questions you might have about dog control.

Dog Pound

Napier City Council Dog Pound
+64 6 834 4177
+64 6 834 4178
Depot Place (off Austin Street), Onekawa
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Opening times for re-claiming dogs and viewing dogs available for re-homing subject to approval.

Monday to Thursday - 8.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Friday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays - 9.00am to 10.00am

Animal Problems

The following dog control problems are subject to the issuing of infringement notices or prosecution:

  • Roaming dogs and stock
  • Dogs rushing or attacks on persons, pets, stock or wildlife.
  • Non compliance with any part of the Dog Control Act 1996 or the Napier City Council Bylaws 2004.

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