Dubbed Operation Underdog, Napier City Council is offering free neutering, micro-chipping and registration for dogs classified as “menacing” under the Dog Control Act.
Worth up to $300, the package is available to owners of American Pitbulls, Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario and any related cross-breeds.
To take advantage of the offer all you have to do is come into Napier City Council reception, off Hastings Street, Napier and register your dog, free of charge, before 31 May 2017.
Council is aware of around 200 dogs in Napier that fall under the government’s ‘menacing’ classification. Many are not yet neutered - which they must be under the Act.
The aim is to remove any cost barrier that might prevent dog owners from doing the responsible thing and having their dog de-sexed – which in turn ensures the dog is less likely to roam, bite and fight, and helps make our kids and communities a lot safer.
There were 98 recorded dog attacks on people or other animals in Napier in 2016 – many of the attacks on children. While it’s not known which particular breeds were responsible for the attacks it’s important to encourage dog owners of higher-risk breeds to protect themselves and their friends and neighbours.
Operation Underdog will see NCC staff out on the streets and calling in to the homes of those who could benefit from the programme. Any unregistered, classified dogs will be registered and a voucher issued for free micro-chipping and neutering at Carlyle Vet Clinic.
Non classified dogs can also benefit from free micro-chipping and registration during the campaign period, which runs until 31 May 2017.