Controlling animals and exterminating pests and vermin on Council-owned land, in public places and in our parks and reserves are among the animal services provided by the Council.

The Council is also responsible for enforcing the Dog Control Act 1996 which includes dog registration, impounding and complaint investigation, education of the public and dog owners and enforcement of law and bylaws relating to dogs.

Among other animal services, Council staff also investigate nuisance and health and safety complaints such as stray animals, dogs kept for illegal fighting purposes, mistreatment of animals, and pests and vermin in food premises (flies, rats and mice etc). Food premises are also inspected to ensure they meet the Council’s standards.

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Cats make great pets – if they are cared for. To reduce the number of strays owners are encouraged to de-sex their cats.

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There are about 9,400 registered dogs in the Invercargill area. Enjoy your dog – but be aware of the rights of other people.

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Dog desexing

Animal Services Team Leader Jacqui Lambeth says dog-owners who notify the Council’s Animal Services team if their dog has been desexed will receive a discount on their dog registration.

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Dog registration

The Council determines fees and charges relating to dogs including registration, dog control infringements and pound fees.

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