COVID -19 notice:
Our Animal Control Officers are on call to respond to wandering dog reports or attacks.
If you contact us about a lost dog, or if we contact you to let you know we have found your dog, please follow our staff’s instructions very closely so that we can get your pet home to you as soon as possible, but with safety in mind.
Our Animal Care Facility will be closed to the public, but we will be releasing dogs to their owners at pre-arranged times.
What does a day in the life of our Animal Control team involve?
- We do our best to make sure that all dogs are registered, as required by the Dog Control Act 1996. Over 8,000 dogs are registered in Invercargill.
- We respond when we receive reports or complaints about barking, wandering or aggressive dogs.
- When there has been a dog attack, we interview the victims and the owner of the dog, and we may be required to provide evidence about the attack in Court.
- We educate dog owners about dog behaviour, including what to do about barking, wandering and aggressive dogs.
- We run Invercargill’s Animal Care facility (the Pound) in Lake Street. We try to return dogs home when they wander, although, after the first two times, we will take them to the Animal Care facility.
- We respond to complaints from members of the public when they are concerned about the behaviour of a dog.
- We run programmes in schools and workplaces on keeping safe around dogs.
- We check up on wandering stock.
- We can also provide advice on the keeping of poultry and bees, and when people have problems with rodents or wasps etc.
There are five Animal Control officers employed at the Council, along with a Team Leader and an Administrator.