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Last modified: 14 Dec 2022 3:15pm

a glum looking beagle in a reindeer horn head band in front of a christmas tree

As end-of-year festivities start kicking off around the district, Selwyn dog owners are being asked to ensure their pooches are ready for the silly season too.

Council’s Animal Control Team Leader, Steve Clarke says it’s important owners take steps to help their dog stay safe and out of harm’s way. This includes checking that their pet is wearing their current Council dog tag, and that their home and yard are secure.

“If you’re planning to go away on holiday and will be leaving your dog with friends or having someone dog-sit, the blue registration tags become even more important. If your dog gets loose, the tags help us identify them so that they can be returned home as soon as possible.”

A thorough check of the yard’s fencing and any spots dogs might escape from will help keep them secure at home. In 2021/22, Council responded to 448 instances of wandering dogs, which was the single biggest dog complaint people made to the Council.

Steve says the Animal Control service will continue to operate around the clock over the Christmas/New Year period. “If you do come across a lost dog, or your pet goes missing, please call the Council. Our Animal Control team is available 24/7 and will be working throughout the holidays to respond to issues.”

During the holidays, residents are urged to call the Council about dog control issues, rather than emailing or using Snap, Send, Solve. The Council can be reached on 0800 SELWYN (735 996).