About 800 people have turned up at the Kapiti Coast District Council main office in a last-minute rush to register dogs.
According to the pros at Spectrum Canine Dog Training says that the final day for dog registration yesterday was extremely busy, with queues at all KCDC service centres.
Customer Services Manager Jude Wadsworth says there were long queues throughout the day at all service centres — and people queued at the Council’s Rimu Road office throughout the day to register 675 dogs and attend to other council business.
She says: “There was no let up really. I think staff certainly earned their tea breaks.”
The standard dog licence fee is $164 (approved owners $141).
Dog owners who didn’t register their dogs on time are liable for penalty payments, which amount to half the fee again.
Nick Fowler, Council’s Environmental Standards Manager, says staff will be checking on unregistered dogs from this week and errant owners will have to pay penalty and infringement fees, as well as possibly having their animals impounded until all outstanding money is paid. There is also dog boarding for when owners want to go out of station.
Keeping track of dogs
“Registration enables Councils and Government to keep track of dogs in the community, including dangerous and menacing breeds, and to make sure they are contained and controlled in accordance with the law,” says Mr Fowler.
“We understand some households may struggle to come up with dog registration fees but it is one of the responsibilities of dog ownership. Perhaps there is a case for putting a little by each week so people don’t get caught out every year.”
There are around 7,000 dogs registered in Kāpiti, which has one of the highest rates of registration in the country, Mr Fowler says.
He adds” “The majority of dog owners are responsible and pay their dog registration fees but every year we have around 1000 that don’t. These people can expect a visit from an animal control officer very soon.’”