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Council provides animal control services and information to the Ashburton District for urban and rural animal owners. This includes dog control, stock control and dog registration.
If you have lost or found a dog or stock (sheep, cows or pigs) please phone the council on 307 7700.
Dogs make great pets, but owning one carries many responsibilities. Dogs have to be fed and exercised, registered and kept from becoming nuisances.
Key Responsibilities as a Dog Owner
Dog Control Bylaw
Important Information for Dog Owners
Landowners are responsible for controlling their livestock and preventing them from straying onto neighbouring properties or roadways. Wandering stock can be impounded by Council and owners will be charged an impounding fee for their release. A call-out fee of $50 will be charged, along with an impounding fee of $50 per animal. A daily sustenance fee for cattle will also be charged.
There are rules which cover the driving of stock from one location to another, especially where main roads or bridges are concerned. If you are planning to move stock across, for example, the Ashburton River Bridge, please contact council.
The Keeping of Animals, Bees and Poultry Bylaw includes information on poultry, pig and bee keeping.