Dog control survey reveals public’s main worries
The Kāpiti Coast Council says key issues identified in its recent public dog survey are:
- Dogs should be on-leash in densely populated areas, especially when leather dog collars are available at one’s convenience.
- Rules should be enforced, there is a lack of, and people want.
- More designated dog parks.
- Clear dog control signage throughout the district.
More consultations coming
Council says it will be consulting on the Dog Control Act later this year — and it plans to use the community’s input from the public dog survey to help shape the direction of the consultations.
Over six weeks, Council received 260 submissions from the public around dog control issues. Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says that Council engaged the community early because Council wants
community’s concerns around dogs and their place in the District to better inform the consultation.
Dog population growing
“The Kapiti Coast had nearly 7500 dogs registered this past year through Council. That number has been increasing year-on-year for several years which tells us that dogs are a very important part of many people’s families here in our community,” she says.
“We know that people hold strong opinions about dogs and the rules that oversee their responsible ownership. Those opinions help us to make informed and balanced decisions about dogs. Our goal is to make Kāpiti Coast a safe, comfortable, and inclusive community for both dogs and people.”
Ms Muir says that public comments and complaints collected by Animal Management team members in the field are being compiled to inform the upcoming consultation.
The formal consultation around the current Dog Control Act will kick off later this year when people will have another opportunity to have their views heard.