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Pitbulls de-sexed in pilot programme
Posted at 7:56am Wednesday 28 Jun, 2017
A total of 50 dogs have been de-sexed as part of a pilot programme in the Bay of Plenty.
The Opotiki District Council approached the government to join the neutering programme last year in the hopes that it would reduce the harm caused by dangerous and menacing dogs.
Almost all of the 50 dogs are pitbulls or pitbull crosses, which under the Dog Control Act are considered dangerous if not de-sexed.
The council is now calling for final dogs to be de-sexed before the funding runs out in June.
“We know that de-sexing has a significant impact on dog behaviour and it is a step in the right direction to reduce the aggression in known dangerous dogs,” says Opotiki District Council’s acting, planning and regulatory group manager Steve Pickles.
Council is asking that anyone with a voucher for subsidised de-sexing should use it as soon as possible.
“There are about 20 vouchers given to dog owners that haven’t yet been redeemed. We need these last few owners to book their dogs in for neutering in the next week or so to use those vouchers.
“It’s also a timely reminder that dogs must be registered before 31 July to avoid penalty fees and a de-sexed dog is much cheaper to register than an entire dog.”