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6 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Monday, 15 June :40 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Sandra Macnamara Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I do not agree that Ivon Wilson Park should be leash only! nor Lakefront Reserve. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. 1

7 Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

8 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Monday, 6 July :53 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Completed Name: Kristine Maher Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Being someone who has walked a dog at Ivon Wilson Park for more than twenty years, I think that it should remain a place for walking a dog without a lead, provided the dog owner is responsible for their dog and know that their dog is ok off a lead and is not a danger or nuisance to other dogs or people. Ivon Wilson Park is a big area and dogs just love it up there. Most dog owners know each other as well, and you get to know suitable times and areas for walking a dog off it's lead. I don't agree for the only off lead park to be the Water Park as the area is not big enough and I think there would be problems with too many people trying to walk their dogs there. Plus there are houses bordering the park that aren't fenced. 1

9 Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Two years for the discounts for responsible dog owners seems a long time. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

10 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Monday, 8 June :52 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Completed Name: reece malsen Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Morning, Afternoon Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

11 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

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16 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Friday, 3 July :33 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Tim Mann Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Most dogs do not get sufficient exercise simply walking. They need to run and cannot do this while on a lead (unless you propose to make all dog owners run???). A few roads are light in use and perfect for owners to properly exercise a dog - running alongside a vehicle. While there ARE areas where it would wise to have a dog under the physical control of a lead, these are obvious to anyone who owns a dog - especially as they will know how their dog behaves in different circumstances. Simply targeting ALL roads and footpaths is draconian and unnecessary. Dog owners actually care about their pets/working dogs and are not going to put them (and therefore by extension others) in harms way. An UNDER exercised and grumpy dog is MORE likely to appear to be aggressive. Target the FEW owners who may be an issue and not the VAST MAJORITY who are considerate and caring. 1

17 Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) The current dog access areas of Te Anau are already limited and should REMAIN AS THEY CURRENTLY STAND. The proposals are FAR too broad. A dog cannot be a nuisance if no-one is near and many footpaths have so few people on them that any considered nuisance is next to none. Indeed how many nuisance reports of exercising dogs of any real concern have there even been in Te Anau? Few IF ANY. The general proposals stating "This area is not suitable to be a dog exercise area given its current public use, and there is a need to minimise danger, distress, and nuisance." are knee-jerk in reaction and miss-informed. They show a simple one size fits all approach that does not take local specifics into consideration. MOST of the people using such areas in Te Anau ARE DOG WALKERS! It seems to me that a FEW dog-nervous people have decided that ALL dogs are 'dangerous' that they therefore cause 'distress' which is a 'nuisance' to them personally and have imposed these feelings with a heavy brush stroke. Public response to news reports simply fuels this miss-informed opinion. Any responsible dog owner will be more than aware of how/if their dog is a nuisance and can/should act appropriately in such situations should they arise - the vast majority of dogs are no real nuisance at all. There is no need to penalise the 99% simply to target the 1% - that displays poor council policy and judgement. Speaking specifically of Te Anau - what, if ANY, instances of danger, distress or nuisance have there really been!? I understand that there is a concern that roaming dogs can be a nuisance, and that owners of these dogs cannot be prosecuted if their dog is in a dog exercise area. But there is already the rule that dogs must "be under control" which a roaming dog clearly isn't if it is out of its owner's sight. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. 2

18 Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference The first two proposals are vague and open to abuse by disgruntled individuals. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutering is not the issue here - education (of dog AND owner) is. Additional Consider the number of dogs owned and exercised daily throughout Southland. 10,000plus? Now consider the number of instances of dog nuisance in Southland there have been. 1 or 2 per year? (and I'll bet they're from know people). By last year's statistics of dog registration, of the 12,000 registered dogs, just 0.5% were classed as menacing or dangerous. Why penalise 99.5% of dog owners instead of using the existing laws at your disposal to target the 0.5%. 3

19 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :00 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: leta claire martin Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Afternoon Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

20 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

21 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Sunday, 21 June :23 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Fiona McDonald Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

22 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional I am a non dog owner and I feel that a lot of dog owners are not responsible. I live in Te Anau and I feel that Te Anau has an issue with dogs. Dogs regularly roam free with no owner in site, let alone a leash. Dog fouling is common and even this morning walking along the lakefront there was dog poo that nobody had collected. Ivon Wilson regularly has dog poo all over the place. Some dog owners feel that they can do anything without consequence. As a mother who's child had a bad experience with a dog as a toddler and who is still unsure of dogs, I think it is important that all dogs are leashed. Designate an area where dog owners can take there dogs without leash and sign post it well so the public no and can avoid it if they so wish. But along our lakefront the dogs should be leashed. I am fed up with using the beaches in the summer and peoples dogs just roaming amongst children playing. Who's to day they won't attack a person they don't know. I think owners should be fined for leaving their dog poos as well, I know this is practically impossible to police, but it is disgusting. People think of their dogs as extra members of their family would they allow their children to foul in the public place and then leave it! 2

23 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Sunday, 7 June :23 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Judy McGimpsey Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Taramea Bay new restrictions are wrong, when the bulk of beach users in less than sunny conditions are people walking the dogs (including young families). At low tide there is plenty of room for dogs and people to roam freely. At full tide common sense applies when there are people around. Dogs must be under at least verbal control. To me there is nothing better to see dogs (and people) running around the beach freely, and the beach is usually not that busy. Please remember that the biggest users of most recreational areas are "walking" dogs (people as well), take dog walkers away and alot of areas would not we used all that much. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

24 If the dog is microchipped the dog tags are less important. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. That is a big reason why people move out of Invercargill so they can have dogs in a less inhabitated area, where well controlled dogs are not being annoying to close neighbours. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Cannine Good Citizen should be included in the discounts as this proves the dog owner is willing to spend a long time to train the dog for good behaviour in public. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Suspect dog owners should be monitored and unregistered dog owners should be frowned upon. The fees should not be unreasonably high that it is a financial burden for responsible dog owners as owning dogs provides great comfort and support to many people. Unregistered dog owners should have to pay heavily once caught as they are often the ones that cause the most trouble. A restriction on the number of cats each household has is more important than the three dogs for a responsible dog owner. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. All residential dogs unless (responsible dog owner,and has applied for licence to breed?) should be neutred. Entire males no matter what breed with less than ideal owners can cause problems. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. 2

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36 From: Sent: To: Subject: Categories: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :58 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Amanda Name: Brendan Meffan Organisation (if applicable): Te Anau Physiotherapy There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Just over a year ago we bought our first dog. We are a young married couple with no kids and plenty of energy. We wanted a dog breed that we could run with and would suit our active lifestyle. We eventually settled on a Weimeraner. Living in Te Anau is difficult tough a dog properly as it is with no access to the national park tracks where we as a couple would choose to run. I currently run my dog 3-4 times per week either at Ivon Wilson Park or else from my house in Govan Drive down to the Upukeroa and along the lakefront reserve. In the 4-5 months I have never encountered an issue with another dog. My dog will occasionally run ahead of me but I would say he is in control. Most days while out we will encounter other dog walkers with their dogs off leash and nothing more than friendly sniffing and playing ensues. He also loves that he can dart off down to the lake for a drink or swim then meet me back up on the trail. For a Weimeraner and i'm sure many other dogs around town the water park is not appropriate. It is too close to busy roads and intersections as well as not having the appropriate formed track to run around properly or for any distance. If I was to run my dog on lead only he wouldn't get near the level of exercise he currently does and would be a nightmare to live with. I agree that dogs must be controlled however that should be the responsibility of the owner. In my 1

37 experience the issue doesn't seem to exist and changing popular areas to "lead only" is completely unnecessary. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. As a responsible dog owner I think this good practice. Especially in Te Anau where there are many tourist drivers and busy roads. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. 2

38 Additional My dog NEEDS exercise. We run for an hour 3-4 times per week. Imagine the boredom of being restricted to the water park in Te Anau for this when there are perfectly good areas currently available for this. In the 5-6 months I have been running with my dog in Ivon Wilson Park and Lakefront reserve I have not encountered an issue personally. I am opposed to changing these areas to lead only on the basis of a small number of irresponsible owners who probably couldn't control their dog with a lead. I agree with taking a tough stance on irresponsible owners who ruin it for the majority. 3

39 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :49 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Nathan Meffan Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO wish to be heard in support of my submission, and am available: I am available to speak about my submission: Afternoon Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. In the right areas I agree with this, but as a blanket rule it doesn't make sense unfortunately. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. This will reward responsible dog owners so I agree with this The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

40 This doesn't make sense to me. If someone is qualified enough to own 2 dogs then why aren't they qualified to add another to the family? If every dog is micro-chipped and registered and there are no complaints from the neighbours then I don't think a licence is necessary. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. I'd prefer a dog control officer check properties for unregistered dogs than police against responsible owners Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional The proposed changes to the Te Anau off-leash areas are ridiculous. One of the main things I look forward to when I go home to Te Anau is getting out-doors and sharing it with my family dog. Restricting the already limited parks you can walk your dog will result in under exercised dogs because it's impossible to give an energetic dog a decent run when they're attached to a leash. There is no risk of impact on wildlife so I don't understand these changes. 2

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49 From: Sent: To: Subject: Categories: Webmaster Tuesday, 30 June :55 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Andrea Name: Trisha Mitchell Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Riverton Rocks area: I support prohibiting dogs on these beaches between am and 7.00 pm for summer months ONLY (1 December to 1 March as for Christchurch beaches). For the rest of the year the restrictive hours are unreasonable. The beaches are deserted for much of the day, especially during school hours. Before 10am can be very cold and after 7pm would be both cold and dark during the winter. The beaches at low tide offer a wide expanse of smooth walking surface, which can be important for older dog owners who can find uneven pavements or bush walks difficult. Using the beaches during the daytime allows them to give their dogs plenty of exercise which ensures they are unlikely to be troublesome. CPTED suggests that the presence of responsible dog walkers is a social good and is to be encouraged. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

50 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

51 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :06 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: M J Moffat Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. I oppose the redesignation of Ivon Wilson Park AND Lakefront reserve to leash only. Myself and friends walk our dogs daily in these area off lead - my dog loves to run and chase his ball and has seemingly endless energy (he is young) and the walk is for OUR (humans) enjoyment as well as the dogs. During the busy summer season I will sometimes only get a half hour break in a 12+ hour working day. It is my sanity break to stroll by the lake and let the dog have a run and a swim at the same time. Walking him on the lead will not exercise him near enough. The waterpark is not a significant enough space for dogs to exercise off lead safely - it is near a busy road which is dangerous for young dogs and children - there is not enough open space for ball chasing. And no significant views for the humans enjoyment. In the 2+ years I have been walking my dog in these areas I have never had a problem or seen a problem with an agressive dog. People who have agressive dogs don't tend to walk them anyway! There are plenty of places to walk around Te Anau where dogs aren't allowed for those who dislike dogs - eg Fiordland National Park! Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. I don't see that this is a significant enough problem for this to change. Again those that walk their dogs on roadways usually have excellent control of their dogs. 1

52 Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Yes - open the town centre up to dogs on a leash like other places in New Zealand - for example Auckland - Mission Bay - Dunedin St Clair Cafe area - then after our dog walk we can go and enjoy a coffee. Cafe's in these areas even provide waterbowls for the dogs. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

53 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Wednesday, 24 June :14 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Christopher Morison Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Te Anau town features many reserves with bird populations. Unleased dogs are worrying for these birds and disrupting normal bird behaviour. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Neutral/No preference The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

54 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

55 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Thursday, 11 June :31 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Courtney Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Afternoon Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. People are dumb there is need to police popular walking tracks and streets but also there needs to be better signs on streets and walking tracks Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Who is going to check this? Someone needs to go door to door see if they have a dog check if it has been registered. Sadly it's only the honest people who will do this its the rest who make work for people 1

56 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Again its the honest people who will listen to this rule it needs policed if that means people need to go door to door and check then so be it Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Yearly checks a lot can happen in a short space of time Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. There is too many cross breeds and dogs been dumped at the spca unless your going to breed your dog should be fixed Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional You shouldn't need signs up saying you have dogs if you should have a clear way to the front door there should never be any reason to go anywhere else on someone's property 2

57 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Saturday, 18 April :31 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Shirley Mouat Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. No dogs allowed on the main street of Te Anau please. People not steady on their feet and young children would be threatened by dogs. Dog poop and wee on the shop frontages are not an image we wish to portray in a tourist township. There are lots of dog areas in Te Anau. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) No Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

58 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

59 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 14 April :43 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: steven mark murray Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Morning Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) nope Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. i think the de-sexing of the dog shouldn't be part of it The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

60 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 2

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65 New Zealand Kennel Club Inc Telephone: Prosser Street Fax: Private Bag Website: PORIRUA April 2015 SUBMISSION DOG CONTROL REVIEW Peter Dunne Director Secretary New Zealand Kennel Club I do/do not wish to be heard in support of the NZKC submission and either morning or afternoon suits. Background At the request of local New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC) members this submission has been lodged. Like Council, NZKC believes serious dog attacks are totally unacceptable, and that the public expects to be safe from dogs in public places and at home, and not be affected by nuisances from dogs. NZKC is a member based organization with 318 member clubs and 6,100 individual members. It aspires to be the go to organisation for dog owners with a continuing emphasis on dog sports (and activities), the breeding (and sale) of pedigreed pure-bred dogs and dog obedience domestic training. We wish to make a number of key points some of which are repeated in response to Council s questions below: 1. Critical to our organisation is the breeding of dogs. We do not have commercial breeders. Any revenue attained by our breeders is required to fund their participation in our sports and activities of which Southland hosts its fair share. To look to penalise our members for what they do responsibly seems to be very unfair. 2. NZKC has the largest network of domestic dog trainers in the country. 52 of its member clubs extend these services to the general public. The instructors involved are volunteers and one can only imagine how better educated dog owners and dogs are for the services they offer. In Southland our Southland Dog Training Club offers these services. 3. NZKC has its own Canine Good Citizen programme which is incorporated in the domestic dog training offered by our member clubs. In some local councils dog owners are offered discounts on registration for showing responsibility in attending local classes and undertaking such programmes.

66 Council policies and bylaws New Zealand is blessed with a large number of local authorities who have, to the best of our knowledge, some 475,000 dogs registered with them. There is no doubt in NZKC s mind that more difficulties will arise from the number not registered and in addition, where particular breeds are targeted in media reports for savage attacks, it is the owner at fault and not the dog. NZKC will be represented at the LGNZ Conference in Rotorua in July with the purpose of promoting the great work undertaken by our members throughout the country. Responsible dog ownership, to include breeding, is at the core of what we practice and we do not believe that our members should be paying more than anyone else for dog registration. In saying that we do not see our members as being above the law so if they transgress they should be held accountable as would any other of your residents. COUNCIL QUESTIONS 1. Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. The New Zealand Kennel Club (NZKC) has no issue with the default dog access rule remaining unchanged. 2. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. NZKC does not support these changes. As a member based organization, bound by rules and regulations, and established on the principle of responsible dog ownership it simply cannot. We understand fully resident s concerns with regard dog attacks, wandering dogs and irresponsible owners. However, it would appear that NZKC members and other responsible dog owners are being penalized by the actions of others. Education is a key here and it is an area that about 52 of our member clubs throughout New Zealand are involved in through their domestic dog training classes. In Southland the Southland Dog Training Club is the organization delivering these classes locally. The members involved are volunteers who give of their time to make Southland a safer place in relation to dogs. Like any other volunteer based organization the Southland Dog Training Club struggles for support in delivering their invaluable programmes. 3. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) As above, NZKC cannot support any proposed changes.

67 4. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. NZKC supports discounts in dog registration fees relating to responsible dog ownership. We have no doubt that a large portion of Council s costs in relation to dogs will be those associated with irresponsible owners with a strong likelihood that the dogs in questions are not even registered. NZKC proposes that its members whose dogs are NZKC registered should only pay the flat $30 fee as applies to working dogs. Whilst NZKC supports the de-sexing of dogs, for the reasons pointed out in the Statement of Proposal, the breeding of dogs is critical to our organisation. Contrary to popular belief NZKC does not have commercial breeders. Any revenue attained by our breeders from the sale of excess puppies whelped in a litter is required to fund their participation in our sports and activities of which Southland hosts its fair share. These sports and activities involve the showing of pedigreed pure-bred dogs, dog agility and obedience competitions. It is also relevant to point out that dogs bred by our members are involved in police work, border control, search and rescue, as seeing-eye dogs, pet therapy and even the detection of low sugar levels for individuals suffering from diabetes. In saying all of the above we do not see our members as being above the law so if they transgress they should be held accountable as would any other of your residents. 5. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. NZKC does not support such a licence as a requirement for its members and their NZKC registered dogs. NZKC believes that the rule, as it applies to working dogs, should also apply to apply to our members and their NZKC registered dogs. Once again NZKC believes that any individuals that transgress should be treated like any other member of the public. 6. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Timing is not the concern for NZKC but rather what appears to the penalisation of responsible dog owners.

68 7. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. NZKC can understand Council s position here given it is likely based on cost. For many of the reasons outlined previously NZKC believes our members to be responsible owners bound by our own rules and regulations and the Dogs Welfare Code It is, however, worthy to note that NZKC is looking to introduce random kennel inspections for members applying to be breeders in the near future. This is based on the responsibility we feel we have to the communities in promoting ourselves as the go to organization for dog owners. 8. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. NZKC has no issue with such a proposal for any dog and has every confidence that Council would only undertake such an action if there was no doubt that the observed or reported behavior was well founded. 9. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. NZKC does not support breed specific neutering. It recognizes 218 different breeds of dog and obviously not included within these are the types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act NZKC is not alone in its view that it is not the dog that is the problem but rather the owner. 10. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. NZKC has no issue with this proposal relating to breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act It does, however, raise a note of caution on the identification of breeds if that is to be the determinant and ask the question as to who will be responsible for such identification? It could very well be that those most qualified in your area are our own Southland based members some of whom are internationally acclaimed as breeders and judges. 11. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Once again, NZKC has no issue with such a proposal for any dog and has every confidence that Council would only undertake such an action if there was no doubt that the observed or reported behavior was well founded.

69 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :07 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Helen Newcombe Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Except I don't understand what the benefit is of making rural farm roads leash-only. Exercising dogs along quiet country roads is fine as long as the dog is under control. It does not need to be on a leash. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Ivon Wilson park and the Lakefront reserve in Te Anau should not be leash only. Dogs must be under control but they need spaces to go to be exercised freely. If The Water Park becomes the only free dog exercising place it will become overrun with dogs being exercised. This is an unsecure park with significant roads along one side, and residential properties on the other. My house backs onto this reserve and I don't want to see a significant increase in the number of dogs using this reserve. The solution would be to maintain other leash free exercising areas. I have never had a problem with other dogs roaming freely in Ivon Wilson Park or the lakefront reserve. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

70 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. This means dog control and appropriate owner behaviour is only for responsible dog owners. The ones who are not getting their dog registered, will continue to get away with it. It is probably more likely that these dogs will be the problem ones. It feels like the council is penalising the responsible owners. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 2

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73 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Categories: Webmaster Thursday, 2 July :32 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Andrea Name: Kate Norris Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO wish to be heard in support of my submission, and am available: I am available to speak about my submission: Morning Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Yes owners should have their dogs under control if off the leash. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference If this is brought in then there needs to be sufficient areas for dogs to get exercised, off the lead (but under control). Dog owners are a legitimate, law abiding citizens of the district who have every right to own a dog and have access to areas around their town to walk and enjoy their dogs company with friends and family members. If you accept this rule then there must be allowance for exercise areas! Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Ivon Wilson Park - as a regular user of this area this is a popular place for dogs to be walked off the lead as there is heaps of space and is sheltered when the lakefront is unpleasant. Many families enjoy 1

74 this space with their dogs and should be continued to allow this access. At very least I would propose after 5 pm preference is given to dogs off the leash and under control. During the day designated areas can be on leash, eg the area around the Nature Discovery base and new 'golf frisbee', all other areas could be off leash, under control. Plenty of people run and ride a bike around the tracks at Ivon Wilson with the dog as company, and should continue to be allowed to. Lakefront Reserve - this is another popular area for dogs to be walked and I have never seen any issues arise. It is a space where dogs should be allowed off leash to swim in the lake and run while the family walks or rides their bikes alongside. Don't take this away from us! It is a great area for dogs and people to enjoy our area. Yes they should be under control, this is a given. Green belt running between town ship and Industrial area/burnby Drive area - this should be a designated off lead, under control area for dogs. Few people use it (as I am a frequent user and never see anyone) and it is a good area with lots of space that is fenced from roads, properties and pasture so people are not inconvenienced. Water Park - it is too small, dogs need to be walked for an hour, and unless tracks are put in the area is more suitable for families just relaxing, not much point giving dogs the run of this place! You keep going on about the protection of children but most people are very good with their dogs and manage their dogs around other people to ensure safety and a positive interaction. If dogs are classified as dangerous, then restrictions should be on that dog, and their access to places, it should not be a blanket ban to all dogs! Most dog attacks happen on the dogs home property, restricting areas for dogs will not change this. I firmly believe children need to be given the opportunity to interact with dogs so they can learn how to behave safely around them. This is best on neutral territory, such as wide open spaces that different users can enjoy. I think your rationale to exclude dogs from any space they may encounter children is short sighted and just wrong. That is alsowhy I think dogs should be allowed in the town centre, as it is a controlled space, allowing controlled interactions between dogs and people. I see many built up areas, and my home town when I grew up (Devonport in Auckland) had dogs in the main street. Children learnt how to behave around dogs and this helps them not to fear them and just ignore them, they don't become a big thing to run away from! Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Good owners should be recognised for their efforts. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Dog packs are not very safe and should be discouraged in a town setting. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. 2

75 Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. We don't need aggressive dogs or breeds which have this trait! Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 3

76 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Tuesday, 14 April :34 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Lyndell Olley Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. If a dog is under control and responds to recall commands, why does it need to be leashed? I don't see why well behaved, obedient dogs need to be penalised because of useless owners. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) No Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. It would be good to see financial support made available to dog owners on low income to assist with the desexing of their pet. 1

77 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. If multiple dogs are contained and not causing a nuisance (e.g. barking) why is this necessary? Once again, responsible owners are being penalised unnecessarily. Also, the criteria for obtaining a multiple dog license are sufficiently vague and this raises real concern about how this will be implemented. For example, how is the requirement of multiple dogs to "... not be a nuisance or pose an undue risk to neighbours" going to be determined? If you do not get along with your neighbours, they now have the power over whether you are allowed to have multiple dogs now do they? This requirement would be very open to abuse by disgruntled neighbours. Finally, animal rescue groups rely on people offering their homes to foster animals until the dog is adopted into its permanent home. This is another administrative barrier that will dissuade people from helping out rescues and will result in more dogs being euthanased in pounds. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Two year transition for registration discount is a good idea. I am opposed to the multiple dog licence. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. My dealings with the council's animal control officers have demonstrated they have very poor knowledge of the animal control legislation and bylaws that currently exist (I have written evidence of this available if required). Based on this, I think giving them discretionary power "to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours" is fraught with problems. They have amply demonstrated they do not possess the skills to handle this responsibility. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. I would be in favour of the mandatory desexing of all dogs unless a breeders permit was obtained, however there is no such legislation in New Zealand to this effect to date. As an aside though, there 2

78 is no reputable evidence supporting the classification of dogs as menacing on the basis of their breed. This was a nonsense law when it was enacted by knee-jerk reactions by ill-informed politicians and it remains a nonsense law now. It is responsible for high levels of euthanasia of certain breeds of dogs in pounds, for no other reason than their breed. This is the position of the New Zealand Veterinary Association: "The NZVA believes that dogs should be classified as 'dangerous' by their actions rather than on the basis of their breed. NZVA, at present, does not believe that the banning of specific breeds of dog is the most effective way of reducing the level of dog attacks on people and other domestic animals." Concurring with this is the American SPCA Position Statement on Breed Specific Legislation, which states: "...the ASPCA is not aware of any credible evidence that breed specific laws make communities safer, either for people or other companion animals". Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 3

79 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Thursday, 30 April :28 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Honorine Orchard Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO wish to be heard in support of my submission, and am available: I am available to speak about my submission: Morning Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. This change would result in all the rural roads in the district as well as the urban roads becoming leash-only. I believe this is excessive in the approach, to cause minimal nuisance to people, most rural roads have minimal public on them and in regards to vehicles, there would be very few people who would allow their dogs to freely run if there was a chance for it to be killed or injured by a vehicle. Most dogs need off leash running to be adequately exercised. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) In Lumsden township, Pluto Road West and Pomona Terrace should be off leash areas. Only in the event that the council passes the All road option. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

80 As an owner of a dog and a member of New Zealand Kennel Club in which my dog is required to remain entire for showing purposes I am against the de-sexing option, I believe any person whom is a member of the NZKC with proof should be entitled to the discount for de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. There are many owners of 3 or more dogs that are causing the council no issues they should not be unfairly charged due to the minority of irresponsible dog owners that own 3 or more dogs that may cause issues. In the event that the multiple dog licence was approved, it should take into account that due to the fact that the property and the dogs and owner will be assessed, I believe that there should be a cap on the number of dog registrations to be paid, e.g. 4 registrations paid and any dogs after that should be registered free. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. As previous reasons given. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. With this action they are proposing it will result in more unregistered dogs. They state that it is a health and safety issue, Animal Control is regulatory and thus part of the job is to make sure regulations are being followed. By not checking will result in a lower income as these checks result in infringement notices being issued and for each unregistered dog it is $300. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. I support in the matter of observed or reported behaviour as long as it can be substantiated with a full investigation. I oppose on the grounds of characteristics typically associated. 2

81 I support in the matter of wholly or predominantly of a breed listed in Schedule 4 if via blood test or by someone with the qualifications to judge the breed(e.g. Breed judges registered with NZ Kennel Club or other breed Kennel clubs from around the world(registered to judge the particular breeds in question)) Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional The council have also passed a fee of $100 for appealing a classification or disqualification, I think this fee should be refunded to the person if the classification or disqualification is not upheld. This information should be included in the policy or bylaws. There needs to be a group that oversees the correct supply in training or information given on correct appropriate health, housing and education in training of dog owners. 3

82 3 July 2015 Southland District Council PO Box 903 Invercargill 9840 Dog Control Submission Proposed Policy/Bylaw 2015 Name of Submitter: Orepuki Community Development Area Subcommittee (CDA) Address: Orepuki CDA members at a recent meeting to discuss the Dog Control Review were in agreement to extending the leash only areas at both the Gemstone Beach Carpark and the Monkey Island Camping Area onto the beach adjacent to these two areas. The purpose is to maintain safety for the many recreational users of these two beach areas. Signage would be necessary to educate users. To be clear this rule should only apply to beach area reasonably adjacent to both the carpark and camping areas with the remainder of beach being off leash permitted. This Subcommittee does not wish to be heard in support of its submission. B McGrath Chairman Orepuki Community Development Area Subcommittee r/12/3/5592

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85 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Tuesday, 23 June :28 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Daryl Parkes Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Strongly oppose dogs on lead on Lake Te Anau shore from Rodeo to Upuk. Should be monitoring vehicular use more. leads on at Ivon Wilson Park. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

86 Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

87 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Wednesday, 29 April :27 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Claire Penno Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO wish to be heard in support of my submission, and am available: I am available to speak about my submission: Morning, Afternoon Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. While I can understand the concerns of animal attacks and wandering dogs entering properties, to put all of the rural Southland Roads as an on lead only, leaves no option of free running a dog in many areas of Southland. Not everyone has access to the areas that are deemed appropriate for off leash running. Many rural roads are gravel and a lot have a very light traffic activity. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) there needs to be more off lead areas Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

88 As a responsible dog owner I am being penalised for having entire dogs on our property. I am a member of the New Zealand Kennel club and have participated in dog showing, breeding, agility, obedience and have achieved bronze level of the Canine Good Citizen qualification. Our dogs have provided working dogs for the NZ Police, Search and Rescue, Canine Pet Therapy and many hard working gundogs and valued pets. These dogs are just as important as our working dogs, that are not nor have to be de-sexed to get a discount on our registration fees. The costs associated with breeding our dogs go back into costs to have them health tested, fees to the NZKC registration, entries for shows and classes etc. There is no specification for the type of fencing that would be acceptable for the discount. A 700 acre farm is quite different to a 1/4 acre section. What type of fencing do you require? A kennel is not fencing. Once a dog is outside its kennel it needs an area that is sufficient to contain the dog on the property. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. we have both working and non-working dogs. All are fed, exercised, trained and looked after the same. We live on a rural farm, 65 acres. Our nearest permanent neighbours are over 100 metres away from our boundary. I believe all our dogs should be treated the same. Invercargill City council requires you to have a multiple licence in a urban area not in their rural district. There is no allowance given to transfer the licence in the instance of a spouse passing away. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference the time frame does not matter. It is unfair to penalise responsible dog owners. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. If you want to monitor dogs and identify risk you can't do that by looking at just those who have registered their dogs. Only the honest and responsible will register their dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. 2

89 Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional The Invercargill City Council has a "cap" on the number of dogs you have to pay to register. All dogs on your property are registered but you have a limit on the number you pay for. This would encourage all dogs, working and non- working to be registered. Education is a valuable tool in teaching people about responsible dog ownership. The NZKC has a Canine Good Citizen programme which teaches responsible dog ownership. The Southland Dog Training Club holds this course. Other Councils offer discounts on registration for attending and passing these classes. 3

90 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Thursday, 30 April :04 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Completed Name: Lyell Penno Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. I can understand the concerns of animal attacks and wandering dogs entering properties, to put all of the rural Southland Roads as an on lead only, leaves no option of free running a dog in many areas of Southland. Not everyone has access to the areas that are deemed appropriate for off leash running. Many rural roads are gravel and a lot have very light traffic activity. Responsible dog owners are being penalized by the actions of others. Education is vital in encouraging good dog ownership and dog manners in public. The Southland Dog Training Club, run by volunteers, provides classes. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I do not support any proposed changes Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

91 I support discounts in dog registration fees relating to responsible dog ownership. Invercargill City Council has a cap on the number of dogs you have to pay to register. All dogs on your property are registered but you have a limit on the number you pay for. This would encourage all dogs, working and non-working to be registered. You are penalising the responsible owners. You are recovering costs with fines on those irresponsible owners. A person who doesn't pay $30 to register a dog will not pay x amount of dollars to fence, neuter and microchip their dog to get a discount. There is no description of what type of fencing is acceptable for containing your dog on the property. As dogs need exercise a kennel cannot be an acceptable form of fencing to obtain this discount. We shouldn't be penalised for having entire dogs. We have NZKC registered dogs that we breed from. Our non-working dogs are treated exactly the same as our working dogs. I propose that a flat fee of $30.00 apply to NZKC registered dogs as it applies to the working dog. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. I do not support such a licence. We live on a rural farm not in an urban area. Our working and non-working dogs are all treated the same. Invercargill City Council does not require a multiple dog licence for their rural residents Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. the time frame does not matter. It is unfair to penalise responsible dog owners. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. this would be an opportunity to educate dog owners and check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. 2

92 Who would be responsible for the identification of the breed type? Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. that this would only happen if there was no doubt that the observed or reported behaviour was well founded. Additional Education is a valuable tool in teaching about responsible dog ownership. The NZKC has a Canine Good Citizen programme which teaches responsible dog ownership. The Southland Dog Training Club holds this course along with other domestic classes. Other councils offer discounts on registration for attending and passing these classes. 3

93 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :50 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Bob Perry Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Having walked my dog off leash in Te Anau at Ivon Wilson, the lake front and Fergus Square, daily for the past 3 years, and having never witnessed any dog intimidate any member of the public in these areas, I believe that any change with respect to these areas is completely unnecessary at without merit. Any changes need to be evidence based. I do not believe that there is any evidence to support these changes. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Having walked my dog off leash in Te Anau at Ivon Wilson, the lake front and Fergus Square, daily for the past 3 years, and having never witnessed any dog intimidate any member of the public in these areas, I believe that any change with respect to these areas is completely unnecessary at without merit. Any changes need to be evidence based. I do not believe that there is any evidence to support these changes. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

94 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

95 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Saturday, 18 April :03 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Name: Camilla Petersen Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I would support greater access for dogs especially in the areas of wilderness/recreation Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

96 I believe the focus should not be on the number of dogs on the premises but the quality of life for the dogs. Dog owners who treat their dogs well will do so with 1 or 5 dogs. Inadequate treatment of dogs will be there whether there is one or many. It is too restrictive to limit the number of dogs to 2 as there are plenty of families who may choose to have 3-4 dogs and take wonderful care of their pets. In the same manner, there are plenty of people who have only one dog on a large property but have the dog on the chain all year and all day with inadequate shelter. I think more energy and regulation should be devoted to the treatment of dogs rather than the number people are to have in the household. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

97 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Wednesday, 22 April :31 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Categories: Name: Emma Peterson Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. I support leaving the current system as it is Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. All owners I have met in my area are responsible dog owners, there is no other areas available for exercising your dog than the local gravel roadways and making this leash only would be restrictive and un-needed. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) My township seems fine Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

98 Not particularly worried either way The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. I see no reason for this other than revenue gathering Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 2

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102 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Tuesday, 16 June :14 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Categories: Name: Helen Prendergast Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. I think dogs should be able to run free of leads in Ivon Wilson park and Lakefront Reserve from rodeo grounds all the way up! Where are we supposed to exercise a dog who needs to run off the lead now? The wee little water park? And how is that exercise and enjoyment for the dog owner. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. This is up to the owner. I ride my horse with the dog behind could get stood on if on a lead. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I think dogs should be able to run free of leads in Ivon Wilson park and Lakefront Reserve from rodeo grounds all the way up! Where are we supposed to exercise a dog who needs to run off the lead now? The wee little water park? And how is that exercise and enjoyment for the dog owner. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Neutral/No preference 1

103 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 2

104 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Monday, 6 July :15 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Completed Name: Allison Rendell Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Rodeo Grounds to Waiuna is a great off-leash dog exercise area, it has a small user group is well away from the high use areas of boats, families picnicing, swimming etc, well off the road and is a nice open space where you can see well ahead who is there, who is coming, plenty of time to call your dog back, leash them if nescessary. Socialising dogs and pups is great along here, I've had a 100% positive experience along here with our dogs and other owner/dogs. Water park not a particulary good idea as has 3 busy roads either side of it, is a relatively closed space where your dog can go easily out of view. Ivon Wilson Park needs a bit more info/discussion as it has a much higher use of non-dog owners as well as picnic users, children etc. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

105 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference don't understand Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutral/No preference Additional 2

106 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Thursday, 18 June :05 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Categories: Name: Kevin Reynolds Organisation (if applicable): Private There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I oppose the banning of dogs on Rivertons beaches, surely one of the pleasures in life is taking your dog for a run on the beach and a swim in the sea. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

107 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

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112 When replying please quote: 240/20/22/1 30 April 2015 Southland District Council PO Box 903 Invercargill 9840 Dog Control Review Submission Riverton/Aparima Community Board The Riverton/Aparima Community Boardd wishes to make the following submission in relation to the Dog Control Review: 1. North Beach; existing exercise area needs 2015 as an approved dog exercise area. to be noted in the Dog Control Policy 2. Mores Scenic Reserve; to be classified as appropriate signage att this site. on leash only and the Board requests r Riverton Rocks Beaches situatedd from the Coastguard Building (Towack Street) to roads-end at Taramea (Howellss Point) be classified as a dogs prohibited area between the hours off 10.00am and 7.00pm daily all-year-round. Thee Board requests appropriate signage be placed at the t areas involved. Taramea Bay Beach between the Adventure Playground and vehicle access to the However outside those hours dogs are permittedd to be off-lead. Soundshelll opposite 16 Tarameaa Bay Road; the statuss quo to prevail i.e. designated as a dog exercise area. The Board does not wish to be heard in support of its submission. RB Stewart Chairperson, Riverton/Aparima Community Board Addresss for Service PO Box 903 Tel 15 Forth Street Fax Invercargill New Zealand Internet r/15/4/7666

113 When replying please quote: 240/20/22/1 Alyson Hamilton 3 July 2015 TO: Michael Sarfaiti SUBJECT: Dog Control Review Submission amendment MEMO: At the recent Riverton/Aparima Community Board meeting the Board s previous submission to the Dog Control review, was discussed. In its submission the Board had requested that:- Riverton Rocks Beaches situated from the Coastguard Building (Towack Street) to roads-end at Taramea (Howells Point) be classified as a dogs prohibited area between the hours of 10.00am and 7.00pm daily all-year-round. However outside those hours dogs are permitted to be off-lead. The Board requests appropriate signage be placed at the areas involved. On reconsidering this matter the Board request that the following amendment be made to the Board s submission. Riverton Rocks beaches situated from the Coastguard Building to the Navigation Light at the river mouth and from the Sound Shell to roads end at Taramea (Howells Point) should be classified as dogs under control on a leash. For your action Alyson Hamilton AREA OFFICER RIVERTON r/15/7/11624 PO Box 903 Tel Forth Street Fax Invercargill New Zealand Internet

114 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Wednesday, 10 June :10 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Categories: Name: Sandra Robb Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I think it is grossly unfair to prohibit leashed dogs and their owners on the Riverton beach between 10am -7pm. I am not really a dog lover but I do walk our daughter's dogs often during these hours and there is very rarely anyone else on the beach at all, particularly during the week. I find it unbelievable that the SDC would even consider not allowing free access to the beach for everyone. What is the problem?? I sincerely hope that sanity will prevail and this proposal does not go ahead. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

115 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional Please rethink the proposal to stop us from having the right to walk on our beach at Riverton with leashed dogs. 2

116 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Wednesday, 29 April :29 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Completed Name: T Robb Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors and may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 2-4 June. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) No Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Neutral/No preference I do not think Council has provided adequate rationale for increasing dog registration fees from $25 to $90 (yes, some discounts are available, but the proposed basic fee is $90). Dog Control Services currently have a substantial surplus in reserves, and according to the draft LTP, this new registration fee (even with potential discounts) will result in dog control reserves having $1.2m within 10 years. This is unacceptable, dog owners should not have to pay registration fees towards funding that the service does not require. Instead, Council should reduce the fee to $40 and allow people to apply for 1

117 responsible dog ownership status, which after a fee is paid and the owner/property assessed, entitles the owner to reductions on dog registration of up to $10 per year. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Neutral/No preference The licence needs to be flexible enough to deal with situations when the numbers of dogs are likely to fluctuate (e.g. NZKC breeder/confirmation shower). The cost should be minimal - Council already knows how many dogs a person owns and on which property they are kept. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. I think random checks on dog owners, and regular visits in towns for wandering and or aggressive dogs would be a good idea. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference In general, I don't think you can determine whether a dog will be menacing based purely on its breed - it usually depends on how the dog has been raised, socialised, and trained. However, I think all 'pet' dogs should be desexed as a matter of course. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Neutering will not ensure the owner keeps the dog under control - how will SDC prevent a dog who is known to escape from their property, or know to be agressive, from remaining a risk to the community? 2

118 Additional I don't think the proposed changes fundamentally lessen the risk of members of the public or animals from being threatened, attacked, or killed by dogs. SDC needs to target irresponsible dog owners and dangerous dogs, and put in place rules that will help to keep the community safe. Fencing appropriate to the dog's size should be mandatory. 3

119 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Friday, 12 June :16 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Tanith Robb Organisation (if applicable): n/a There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Neutral/No preference Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I'm surprised the community board has submitted that dogs should be prohibited on Riverton Rocks beaches between 10am and 7pm. I walk my dogs on the beach regularly, and last Sunday morning I came across three other people on the beach, and they all had dogs. This is common throughout the year - dog owners would use the beach more than non-dog owners. Even at peak times, like Christmas, families like to take their dogs to the beach with them. Dogs on the beach are not the problem in Riverton - the issue is irresponsible dog owners with dangerous dogs who do not fence them in properly, or control them properly. I strongly recommend that the area between the soundshell driveway and the rock outcrop is a permitted dog off-leash exercise area - there needs to be an area where dog owners can exercise their dogs off-leash without having to drive around to the north beach. I consider that dogs on leashes in other areas of the beach are not a problem for other beach users and therefore these should remain dog on-leash areas. If Council wants to go down the path of prohibiting dogs on certain beaches, it should only be a few specific bays (e.g mitchells) in summer and between the hours of 10am and 4pm. But as I noted above, dogs on leads on the beach are not causing distress, danger or a nuisance 1

120 in Riverton. I also oppose Mores Scenic reserve being on-leash only. There are not many options for off-leash exercise in Riverton, it's the only area of bush to take dogs, there are no other open spaces. It's a particularly good spot when the weather is bitterly cold and windy. Council has a responsibility to provide adequate dog exercise areas for dogs and dog owners, and dogs need more than just on-leash exercise. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. As long as it is self-funded, and responsible dog owners and ratepayers do not have to contribute. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional I think the additional consultation should just have been on the community board proposed changes, rather than the whole consultation all over again. 2

121 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Wednesday, 17 June :44 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Name: Carol Roberts Organisation (if applicable): Roberts Bros Sthld Ltd There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) I strongly oppose Ivan Wilson Park and Lakefront front Rodeo grounds to U Park river being made Leash only. I walk my dog all the time in these areas and have never had a problem with my dog approaching, attacking or being attacked. Anytime we are there, there is generally only other dog walkers. The dogs all get on fine. Has there been dog attacks in these areas. The Council may need to review their pest control of these parks as my dog catches at least 6 rabbits a year in these two areas. It gives them a great opportunity to get good exercise off leash. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. Neutral/No preference 1

122 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Neutral/No preference Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

123 From: Sent: To: Subject: Joanna Johnstone Tuesday, 7 July :54 a.m. Web RFS dog submission Name : Dianne Robinson EPWYQST 1 Please tell us how we can help? Hello, please forward the following to the appropriate people regarding changes to dog control. I am submitting the following points for consideration but I don't want to make a submission in person. I don't know what the policy is with submissions but I definitely don't want my personal contact details in any public document though if anyone from SDC wishes to contact me that's fine. Thanks very much Dianne Robinson Re: proposed changes to dog control regulations in Riverton It is understandable that members of council and the public wish to eliminate incidents involving dangerous and unruly dogs. It is logical that dogs should be on leads in public areas, particularly around roads and walkways, and only off the lead in suitable/designated areas (or private property). It is also logical that dog owners should have fenced properties or at least partially fenced to prevent dogs roaming. My specific concerns regard proposed changes to beach access for dog owners in Riverton. 1. Control/education of owners is the key to avoiding the worst incidents. Limiting beach access will have little or no effect on irresponsible dog owners. Many of us are responsible we keep our dogs on leads to control contact with other beachgoers and do actually pick up and dispose of "doggy deposits". Therefore, blanket rules regarding beach access are potentially punishing responsible dog owners, particularly permanent residents living some distance away from the designated dog exercise areas. 2. In the event of the proposed changes being adopted in some form, the difference of holiday/summer hours and winter hours definitely deserves consideration. In reality, there are only a few weeks in the year when Riverton beaches are populated by larger numbers of people enjoying the summer season. For example, if a responsible dog owner wishes to walk their dog sometime between 10am and 7pm in July, or September, or April (etc) at Mitchell's Bay or Henderson Bay or Howell's Point (etc), it should be permitted. Taking the opportunity to walk to your local beach with your dog in a window of sunshine in the middle of a wintery day is not to be underestimated. Or any other season for that matter. To be prohibited from doing so makes no sense and would be, in fact, a big minus point for quality of life for (in particular) Riverton Rocks dog owners. At most times of the year a good proportion of the very few people on the beach in my usual walking spots are responsible dog owners taking their dogs for a walk with no problems whatsoever. 1

124 3. Existing regulations should theoretically already control any undesirable occurrences but require enforcement. Does limiting beach access for dogs truly control incidents involving dangerous and/or unruly dogs? Are current dog control resources effective during peak holiday weeks when there is increased use of the beaches and therefore more people who are uncomfortable with unrestrained dogs and more people taking their dogs to the beach, maybe not on a lead? How many incidents occur on the streets rather than the beach? The mode and level (and therefore resources) of dog control enforcement are key whether there is unlimited dog access to the beach or zero dog access to the beach. To summarise: Don't penalise responsible dog owners target irresponsible dog owners every way possible, with animal welfare and public safety in mind. Responsible dog owners and permanent residents of Riverton, particularly Riverton Rocks, would suffer as a consequence of the proposed changes as they stand. If the changes are adopted in some form then seasonal considerations should definitely apply, or some other means of maintaining ease of access year round for responsible dog owners. Yours sincerely Dianne Robinson 2

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128 From: Sent: To: Subject: Webmaster Wednesday, 17 June :10 p.m. General Dog Control Submission Categories: Name: Jacqui Rogers Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Dogs should be allowed to run at the rugby grounds and down around the lake at Te Anau. Dogs should be allowed to swim and chase a ball. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Dogs should be allowed on a leash on the lakefront in Te Anau and throug the centre of town. The only time dogs are a problem is if they are unleashed in town and roaming. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. 1

129 Neutral/No preference Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. Additional 2

130 From: Sent: To: Subject: Follow Up Flag: Flag Status: Webmaster Thursday, 18 June :49 a.m. General Dog Control Submission Follow up Flagged Categories: Name: Jennie Organisation (if applicable): There is an opportunity to speak about your submission to councillors who may ask further questions. The proposed hearing dates are 3 & 4 August. I DO NOT wish to be heard in support of my submission I am available to speak about my submission: Council is proposing that the default dog access rule remain unchanged, this applies to areas where dogs are not prohibited, leash only or dog exercise areas. Council is proposing that roadways, roadsides and footpaths are leash-only. Some areas in Te Anau are safe for dogs to walk off leash and under control. Are there any changes you would like to see made to dog access in your township? (See Schedules 1 & 2 in the draft policy for further details on dog access rules that apply in different areas across the district.) Yes - Ivon wilson park should remain an area for dogs to be off leash and under control. The water park is not a big enough area for dogs to run and it is bordering on a busy road. All along the lakefront reserve track should be off leash but in town along the lake front is fine to be on leash. Council is proposing to provide discounts in the dog registration fees for fencing, good history, microchipping, and de-sexing. 1

131 The draft Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw proposes that a multiple dog licence will be needed to keep more than two dogs on a property. This proposal would not apply to working dogs unless they are kept in an urban area. If you already have 2 dogs you should not be penalised for a new rule coming in if you are keeping the dogs under control. Council is proposing to transition to new rules in the draft Dog Control Policy and Draft Dog Control Bylaw A two year transition is suggested for the discounts for responsible dog owners, and one year transition for multiple dog licensing. There should always be a transition time for people to get used to the idea. Council is proposing NOT to introduce a comprehensive District Monitoring Programme, where a Dog Control Officer would visit properties every few years, to identify properties that may pose a risk to neighbours, and to check for unregistered dogs. This will only increase the costs of dog ownership again if there is a comprehensive monitering programme. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of observed or reported behaviour will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of characteristics typically associated with the dog s breed or type will be mandatory. Council is proposing that the neutering of dogs classified as menacing on the grounds of belonging wholly or predominantly to one or more breeds or types listed in Schedule 4 of the Dog Control Act 1996 will be mandatory. Not all dogs that are classed as menacing because of their breed are actually menancing. The owner should take responsibility, as there are perfectly well controlled dogs that are a "menancing breed." Council is proposing a rule that may require the owner of a dog to cause that dog to be neutered if that dog has not been kept under control on more than one occasion within a 12 month period. On 2 occassions is pretty heavy handed as one persons idea of not being under control is different to another - if they do not like dogs. Additional 2

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