Services

Dog & animal management

Dogs bring joy to many individuals and families around the district. Most dog owners are great at taking responsibility for their furry friends, providing them with the right care and ensuring they are registered each year. However, sometimes dogs escape their properties or go missing and a few naughty pooches can display bad behaviour in public places. The information below explains what to do if you find a stray dog and what could happen if your dog is uncontrolled and/or unregistered, along with registration fees for the 2016/17 year.

Reporting a stray, escaped or missing dog

If you need to report a stray, barking or escaped dog OR if your dog has gone missing, please phone us on 0800 486 486.

Impoundment

If your dog is uncontrolled in a public place, is found to be unregistered or is creating noise causing distress it will be impounded. We will endeavour to contact a dog's owner as identified on its dog tag to make arrangements for any outstanding fees to be paid and for the impounded dog to be collected.  Our target is to do this within a day, and during normal business hours we're often able to do it much quicker than that.

During weekends and public holidays we offer a reduced service with set times when dogs can be collected.  If your dog has been impounded we'll endeavour to be in touch with you ahead of our 9.00-10.00am and 4.00-5.00pm collection periods.

If the dog has no identification, animal control will impound it for seven days after which it becomes the property of council.

Animal control fees

Dog registration fees are structured to reward good ownership. Each year, we set our fees so they're in line with the local government cost index. For the 2016/17 financial year, the index recommended dog registration fees increase by 1.9%.

Fees are used to promote responsible dog ownership in the district and safety around dogs, manage risks arising from wandering or troublesome dogs, provide and maintain the district pound/shelter, and meet our statutory obligations.

Animal control impoundment charges

Other animal control charges

Dog registration fees

ENTIRE DOG

CLASS OF DOG (fee code)

REGISTRATION FEE (pro-rated) due by 5pm, 29 July 2016

FEE INCL. PENALTY
  if paid after 5pm,
  29 July 2016

Disability assist dog (A)

Nil

Nil

Working dog (B)

$64  [$63 in 2015/16]

$96  [$94 in 2015/16]

Working dogs - 3rd and subsequent (Bdisc)

$38  [$37 in 2015/16]

$56  [$55 in 2015/16]

Standard dog (C)

$175  [$172 in 2015/16]

$262  [$258 in 2015/16]

Approved owner (D)

$150  [$147 in 2015/16]

$224  [$220 in 2015/16]

 Dangerous dog (H)

$262  [$256 in 2015/16]

 $393  [$384 in 2015/16]

Owner current member of  NZ Kennel Club (G)

 $150  [$147 in 2015/16] 

$224  [$220 in 2015/16]

NEUTERED/SPEYED DOG

CLASS OF DOG (fee code)

REGISTRATION FEE (pro-rated) due by 5pm, 29 July 2016

FEE INCL. PENALTY  
if paid after 5pm, 
29 July 2016

Disability assist dog (A)

Nil Nil
Working dog (B) $64  [$63 in 2015/16] $96  [$94 in 2015/16]
Working dogs - 3rd and subsequent (Bdisc) $38  [$37 in 2015/16] $56  [$55 in 2015/16]
Standard dog (E) $91  [$89 in 2015/16] $136  [$133 in 2015/16]
Approved owner (F) $64  [$63 in 2015/16] $96  [$94 in 2015/16]
Dangerous dog (I) $136   [$256 in 2015/16] $204  [$384 in 2015/16] 

Find out what dog registration fees are spent on and other details about dog ownership.

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Animal control impoundment charges

These fees are also set so they're in line with the local government cost index and have increased by 1.9% for the 2016/17 financial year. Impounding has occurred when a dog is confined to a dog control officer’s vehicle or impounded.

Seizure has occurred when a notice of seizure has been served on the dog owner or placed at the dog owner's property.

No dog or stock will be released without payment of all impounding fees.

ITEM FIRST IMPOUND OR SEIZURE SECOND IMPOUND OR SEIZURE in any two-year period THIRD & SUBSEQUENT IMPOUND OR SEIZURE in any two -year period
Impounded/seized – dog must be registered and micro chipped to be released

$51

[$50 in 2015/16]

$158

[$155 in 2015/16]

$285

[$280 in 2015/16]

Sustenance – dog (per day)

$12
[$11.50 in 2015/16]

$12
[$11.50 in 2015/16]

$12

[$11.50 in 2015/16]

Micro chipping – dog

$48
[$47 in 2015/16]

$48
[$47 in 2015/16]
$48
[$47 in 2015/16]
Prearranged after- hours release (two officers) – all

$146 per officer (for 1st hour, then $98 per hour after that)

[$145/$96 per hour in 2015/16]

$146 per officer (for 1st hour, then $98 per hour after that)

[$145/$96 per hour in 2015/16]

$146 per officer (for 1st hour, then $98 per hour after that)

[$145/$96 per hour in 2015/16]

Impounding – sheep and goats

$33 per head plus any costs incurred in transporting stock 

[$32 in 2015/16]

$59 per head plus any costs incurred in transporting stock

[$58 in 2015/16]

$121 per head plus any costs incurred in transporting stock

[$119 in 2015/16]

Impounding – cattle and horses

$59 per head plus any costs incurred in transporting stock

[$58 in 2015/16]

$121 per head
plus any costs incurred in transporting stock

[$119 in 2015/16]

$240 per head  plus any costs incurred in transporting stock

[$236 in 2015/16]

Animal control officer hourly charge out rate $98 per hour  [$96 in 2015/16]
Officer charges relating to impounding of stock 

$98 per hour between 0800-1700 hours, $146 per hour between 1701-0759 hours

[$96 & $143  in 2015/16]

$98 per hour between 0800-1700 hours, $146 per hour between 1701-0759 hours

[$96 & $143  in 2015/16]

$98 per hour between 0800-1700 hours, $146 per hour between 1701-0759 hours

[$96 & $143  in 2015/16]

Sustenance – sheep and goats (per day)

$6 per day

[$5.50 in 2015/16]

$6 per day

[$5.50 in 2015/16]

$6 per day

[$5.50 in 2015/16]

Sustenance – cattle and horses (per day)

$12 per day

[$11.50 in 2015/16]

$12 per day

[$11.50 in 2015/16]

$12 per day

[$11.50 in 2015/16]

Other animal control charges

 

Owner who is current member of NZ Kennel Club

Working

Standard

Approved owner

Permit for three or more dogs (special licence)

$59

[$58 in 2015/16]

N/A

[$58 in 2015/16]

$59

[$58 in 2015/16]

$59

[$58 in 2015/16]

Approved owner application

N/A

[N/A in 2015/16]

N/A

[N/A in 2015/16]

$46

[$45 in 2015/16]

$46

[$45 in 2015/16]

Approved  owner
re-inspection fee*

N/A

[N/A in 2015/16]

N/A

[N/A in 2015/16]

$25

[$25 in 2015/16]

$25

[$25 in 2015/16]

Replacement tag

$6 for first replacement tag

[$5.50 in 2015/16]

$12 for any subsequent replacement tag

[$11.30 in 2015/16]

Euthanasia

Actual cost plus 10%, but minimum $97  [$95 in 2015/16]

Relinquishment fee

$122 (5)   [$120 in 2015/16]

* For site visit if:                         

   - an approved owner changes address, or

   - re-inspection needed to check any required improvements have been made.

(5) Provides contribution towards sustenance costs (three days minimum and administration and/or

    euthanasia costs).

Related links

Dog registration form 2016/17

Dog registration information sheet

Application form for dog registration late fee waiver

Owning a dog in Kāpiti

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Updated 30 June 2016