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Auckland Council Rethinks Dog Registration

From July, dog registration fees in Auckland will go up from $47 to $120 for de-sexed dogs and from $53 to $160 for other dogs. However due to 3000 public submissions to the council they are looking at reviewing the price hike. “I think there’s a lot of agreement around the council table that the original proposition needs a jolly hard look, so I think we’ll make some changes,” Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse said.

Bob Kerridge from the SPCA believes their Auckland team do twice as much on half the council’s budget – $6 million.

“The bulk of the council’s budget is spent on ‘staff and contractors’, which is salaries and employment-related costs for the council’s 51 animal control officers as well as payment to two contracted companies, DSS animal management and animal control services,” said Kerridge.

The total number of dogs in the Auckland region is estimated at 107,000 and currently there are 97,471 dogs registered with the Auckland Council. As a result, programmes to follow-up on dogs that have never been registered have resulted in increased dog registrations, the council said. Approximately 50% of dogs which are impounded are unregistered, the council said. The council expects revenue from dog registrations to increase by a third, from $7.3 million for the 2011/12 financial year to $9.7 million for 2012/13. Of the total number of dogs impounded between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011, 57% were reclaimed by their owners, 36% were euthanised and 7% were adopted or rehomed. An extra $3 million for animal shelters is being funded through general rates and spread over two years – 2011/12 and 2012/13.
(sourced from ONE News)

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