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Text desex for menacing Auckland dogs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/03/2017

An animal de-sexing drive has been set up by Auckland Council to get 'menacing' dogs dealt to.

The dogs that qualify for the free de-sex must be registered and classified as menacing under the Dog Control Act 1996

The TXT2DESEX campaign has been launched and will run through the end of June, where the owner texts "yes" to 3169 to register their interest.

De-sexing menacing dogs is a key component of reducing dog-related harm, Auckland Council Community Development and Safety Committee Chair, Councillor Cathy Casey says.

Last month, an Auckland father was sentenced to 300 hours of community service after his dog mauled his four-year-old son.

His child was left with horrific injuries to his face and head from the pitbull-mastiff cross, which was owned by the family.

"Our statistics clearly show that responsible owners who register and de-sex their dogs are much less likely to have dogs that are the cause of nuisance or dog attacks," the council's manager of animal management Tracey Moore said at the time of sentencing.

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