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Neutering rules for dangerous dogs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/09/2016

All high-risk dangerous dogs will need to be neutered and their owners will face fencing rules in law changes aimed at reducing attacks, the government says.

Warning signs on properties and the dogs' collars and a ban on shelters adopting out high-risk dogs to new owners were also among the proposals announced by Associate Minister for Local Government Louise Upston on Thursday.

"I know first-hand the joy that dogs bring to your life and that there are thousands of loved family pets in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the statistics clearly show that dog bite incidents are on the rise and children are over-represented as victims of dog attacks" she said.

The neutering programme will involve an $850,000 government subsidy.

"Neutering has been proven to reduce aggression in dogs which is important as we move into summer months and the school holidays."


* Neuter all high-risk dogs

* Fenced area at home that allows visitors dog-free access to at least one entrance

* Warning signs at the front of the property

* Dangerous or menacing dogs must wear warning collars

* Animal shelters prevented from adopting out high-risk dogs to new owners.

The government intends to introduce legislation in February 2017.

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