Grant for dog-neutering in South Waikato welcomed

Electorate news
Friday, March 24, 2017

MP for Taupo Louise Upston has welcomed a grant of $22,486 to South Waikato District Council to subsidise neutering for menacing dogs in the region.

The grant, from a pool of $850,000 of government funding, was among a number announced by Associate Local Government Minister Jacqui Dean this week.

“The community will be safer thanks to these neutering programmes, which I announced last year when I held the portfolio and which are designed to reduce the risk of dog attacks,” Ms Upston says.

“I saw first-hand, while out and about with dog control officers around South Waikato, the problems associated with menacing dogs. The number of these dogs will reduce in the long term as neutering can reduce roaming and aggression. Many dog owners want to neuter their dog but can’t afford to do so. This subsidy will help those owners.’’

The campaigns are being carried out by 32 territorial authorities, including South Waikato District Council, often in co-ordination with local veterinarians and SPCAs. Many territorial authorities are also combining this neutering offer with their own offers of subsidised microchipping and/or registration.

Other aspects of the national action plan launched last year will be progressed in 2017. This includes a bill to require the licensing of high-risk dog owners, which is expected to be introduced later this year.