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Menacing dog registrations flood council

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/06/2016

Owners of dogs of menacing breeds have flooded in to register their pets as time runs out on an Auckland Council amnesty.

The council says staff have been fielding hundreds of applications a day this week as the June 30 deadline for putting unregistered dogs on the books nears.

More than 1000 dogs had signed up by the end of Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the council announced it would waive the $300 fine for an unregistered menacing dog, the registration fee - which can cost up to $252 - and offer de-sexing, microchipping and muzzles for just $25.

"We've had a fantastic response so far to our very generous amnesty and I urge dog owners to sign up even in the last few hours because it will not be extended or offered again," councillor Calum Penrose said.

The amnesty is aimed at reducing the harm done by menacing dogs, particularly American pit bull terriers, in vulnerable communities - which are mainly around South Auckland, the council says.

After the deadline, the council will start seizing dogs and fining owners.

The council statistics show dog attacks are on the rise.

In January there were 113 attacks and 90 bites recorded, around twice the numbers 14 months earlier.

Pit bulls and their crosses are 20 times more likely than any other breed to be involved in a serious attack.

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