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'Good Dog' Status Classification

Any person who is a responsible dog owner, and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Council’s dog control officer, that they are able to comply with the following requirements, will be entitled to a discounted registration fee. The requirements for ‘Good Dog Owner' status are:

  • The dog is provided with adequate accommodation. Kennels are sited on a hard surface and kept clean, and are able to provide the dog with shelter from the elements and be free from dampness. In the event that the dog does not have a kennel, the dog must be kept in a building.
  • When the dog is not under the direct control of the owner it must be kept in a completely fenced off or contained area.
  • At all times the dog is under the proper control.
  • The dog is not fed, nor has access to, any raw offal or untreated sheep or goat meat.
  • The dog is registered.
  • The owner will be in attendance when required for any inspection and shall provide the dog control officer with assistance as requested.
  • The owner will promptly notify Council of any birth, death, sale or transfer of any dog they own.
  • The owner will comply with all requirements of the Act and Council’s bylaw.

Failure to comply with any of the above conditions may result in the dog owner losing their Good Dog Owner status for a minimum of two complete registration years, effective immediately except in the case of late registration, in which case the dog owner will lose their Good Dog Owner status for a period of one registration year. The loss of a Good Dog Owner status will result in the dog owner being liable for the payment of the difference between their Good Dog Owner status fee and whichever other fee they would otherwise be liable for.

Alternatively lodge a Request For Service on our website or call into our Council Office in High Street Marton or Hautapu Street Taihape between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm weekdays.

To arrange for a Good Dog Owner inspection please contact the Rangitīkei District Council on 0800 422 522.