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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:20am

A golden retriever puppy sits on a lawnSelwyn is home to a lot of dogs, over 14,200 in fact. And sometimes they like to go walkabouts – that’s where our Animal Control team come in.

If you find a wandering dog, we encourage you to call us on 0800 Selwyn (735 996) and let us know. That way our friendly Animal Control team can come over and scan the dog for a microchip.

Most of the time this allows us to find the owner and take the lost dog home. If we can’t locate the owner through a microchip we’ll take the dog to our pound facility and work on finding the owner through other ways, which usually works out well and ends in the dog being taken home safely. If we can’t find the owner after seven days we then look to rehome the dog either through private adoption or through DogWatch.

This calendar year, 67 dogs were taken to our pound, of those dogs we returned 59 to their owners. After not being able to locate the owners, seven were rehomed and unfortunately due to aggression and safety issues one had to be euthanised.

Our team work hard to return all Selwyn dogs back to their owners, or into safe new homes. You can help by ensuring your dogs are microchipped, so if they do go for a wander we can get them home safely to you.