Lambing season is now underway and dog owners are reminded they need to take extra care when exercising their dogs in rural areas.
Many urban areas within the Hurunui District back on to rural properties and dogs may not be used to the temptations of rural life such as newly born livestock. It is important that dog owners are aware of this to prevent any incidents of stock attacks.
To ensure your dog is under control, know where your dog is at all times and stay out of areas where there are other animals. If your dog is not familiar with livestock you may need to walk them on a leash. Kennels and fences should also be checked so that your dog can’t escape from your home when you’re away.
Because dog attacks are common in New Zealand, dog owners need to be aware of the legal consequences if their dog harms another person or animal:
- Dog owners can be issued a warning or infringement notice
- Dog owners can be prosecuted and if convicted, fined up to $3,000 if the dog attacks a person, stock, poultry, domestic animal or protected wildlife, on top of any charges for damages
- Dogs may also be impounded and/or put down if they attack people or animals.