Animal Control

If you have an issue with a dog/ livestock or other animal please call Animal Control 027 668 8780. This is the only number that can be used to contact Animal Control.

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Do's and Don'ts


Do's:

  • Call 027 668 8780 if you find a lost/loose animal/dog.
  • Call 027 668 8780 if you lose or need help with controlling an animal/dog

 

Dont's

  • Visit the homes of our Officers looking for your dog. Dog's are kept at the Council Pound, not at the home's of our Officers
  • Call any other number (including the personal numbers of our Officers) to contact Animal Control.
  • Expect to get your dog/animal back for free. If we impound a dog there will be a impound fee of $70 for first impoundment. $100 second impoundment, $150 third impoundmnet; plus a $20 sustenance fee per night. If your dog is unregistered when it is impounded it will not be released until registration is paid.

How Animal Control Works


KDC is responsible for registering and generally keeping an eye on dogs in our District. As part of this our Dog Control Officers are called out to deal with stray or loose dogs on a regular basis. 

Our Animal Control Offices work weekly shifts. The Officer on duty changes from week to week. 

The purpose of the Dog Control Policy  is to provide clear guidance to the public and Council staff involved in the administration of the Dog Control Act 1996. It also outlines your responsibilities as a Dog owner.

Please share this information with anyone you know who has questions about Dog Control. If your questions aren’t answered here fell free to contact us and  we’ll get you the information you need.


Microchipping


 All dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time after July 2006, except working farm dogs, need to be microchipped.

Microchipping helps us identify lost or stolen dogs and reunite dogs and owners. It is a simple and relatively painless procedure done by the vet. 

Over 80% of the lost pets in the Christchurch Earthquake were re-united with their owners due to information contained on the microchip

A microchip lasts the lifetime of your dog. It has a unique number that can be listed on both council records and the National Dog Database. Once microchipped, your dog can be "scanned" for his or her microchip number and easily identified through either database.

Once your dog is microchipped, make sure we have a record of the chip number by giving us a copy of the microchipping certificate. 

See Useful Links below for more information on microchipping. 


 

Dog Registration


All dogs in Kaikoura must be registered. Dog registrations won’t be issued until Council has received a completed registration form and payment. If you are found with an unregistered dog you may be issued with a fine and your dog may be impounded.

The dog registration year runs from 01 July to the 30 June each year. Dog registration forms and payment are due by July 31. Registered dog owners will receive a reminder letter.

Please note: We are no longer using the 'Reg the Dog' online registration service.  

Register your dog online

 

Download and print a Registration Form


Registration costs

If you are not sure what charges apply to you, call us.

Fees below are cost per dog per year.

Type of Fee:

Standard: $50

Neutered or spayed dogs: $40

Menacing/dangerous dogs: $80

Working dogs (less than three): $38 each

Working dogs (three or more): $110 total

Guide dogs: - 


Late registration penalties:

Working dogs (three or more): 50% of registration cost (applied 20 August 2018)

All others: 50% of registration cost (applied 20 August 2018)

Licence fee (applies if keeping more than two dogs in a residential area): $40

* Charges can be adjusted proportionally for new dogs registered part way through the year - call us for more information.

Dog Control Reports


Do you have any questions/comments about animal control? If so, get in touch by sending an e-mail to regulatory@kaikoura.govt.nz