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Last modified: 29 Nov 2022 8:21am

A Labrador retriever puppy lying on some grassMore than 16,400 dogs were registered in Selwyn last financial year, according to Selwyn District Council’s latest dog control report.

The Council adopted the Dog Control Policy and Procedures Report 2021/2022 (Section 10A Report) at its meeting on 23 November.

It shows once again Selwyn residents have been great at registering their dog, with the hard work of the animal control team seeing all 16,441 known dogs registered for the 2021/2022 financial year. The Council has already registered 98% of dogs for the 2022/23 financial year.

It shows 87 per cent of the 60 dogs taken to the pound during the year were able to be returned home, while five were successfully rehomed.

Animal control officers responded to 1,234 complaints about dogs in the community, with the majority of these being for wandering or found dogs (837) and barking (230).

As part of its activities, the Council provided a free monthly microchipping service, and delivered Dog Smart education programmes in five schools and groups throughout the year. COVID-19 impacted the number of schools being able to participate.

Under the Dog Control Act 1996, Council is required to report on its dog control activities for the year.