Ashburton District Council is encouraging residents from across the district to put their views on dog control forward as part of its dog control policy and bylaw review.
Residents can have their say on this community-wide topic by taking part in a dog control survey which is open to everyone in the community - including dog owners and non-dog owners.
Council's Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says the survey results will help to inform the decision making process for the policy and bylaw.
"We're hoping to receive a wide variety of people's views to help establish how they think we are performing in this area, and to identify what could potentially be improved.
"It's important we know what's on people's minds, identify any issues and/or particular concerns, and build this feedback into our report to Council early next year so the new policy and bylaw reflects that information," says Mr Catchpowle.
A letter from the Council will be posted to all the district's registered dog owners in the next couple of days advising them about the survey and encouraging them to take part.
In addition to the survey, Council will be holding focus groups specifically for dog owners in the next few months. If people are interested in attending one, please email Council's Policy Advisor, Rachel Brown.
Everyone who participates in the survey can go in the draw to win a $50.00 Ashburton Trust gift voucher.
For those dog owners who would prefer to receive future communications from Council via email, please provide your email address when completing the survey.
People had until 31 January 2016 to take part in the survey. It has now closed.