Media release by the KCDC

doggiesThe Kāpiti Coast District Council is inviting the community to help shape a review of the Council’s Dog Control Bylaw and Policy.

The Council will be running a formal consultation process earlier next year but before it develops the consultation document it wants to hear from the community about what areas of the current Dog Control Bylaw and Policy are working well and what areas could be improved.

Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says that with more than 7500 dogs registered in the Kāpiti Coast District it is important we have a fit-for-purpose policy and bylaw that meets our community’s needs.

“We know that people hold strong opinions about dogs in the community and the rules that oversee responsible ownership.”

“We want to hear those opinions, and we’re inviting the community to participate in a short survey to help us to make informed and balanced decisions about how we manage dogs in our District.

The current Dog Control Bylaw and Policy provides for the control of dogs by classifying dangerous and menacing dogs, limiting the number of dogs that can be living on a residential property, allocating areas for dog exercise parks, and specifying on and off leash areas and areas where dogs are not permitted. The Bylaw also outlines the expectations of dog owners when their dog poos on public land.

“We recognise that dogs are a very important part of many people’s families, and we want our community to be a safe, comfortable and inclusive place for both dogs and people ,” said Ms Muir.

“The results from the survey will help inform future policy decisions about dog control on the Kāpiti Coast.”

The Council’s Animal Management team will be out and about over the next few months encouraging people to complete the survey. Copies of the survey can be picked up from Council libraries and service centres or completed online via the Council’s website here