Lost and Found Dogs
Just as dogs with registration tags and microchips can be easily identified and reunited with their owners, it always helps if you notify the council of any change in your contact details, so we can reach you if your dog comes into the Animal Control Centre.
If you have lost or found a dog, here are some suggestions.
First, arrange a visit to the pound to see if your dog is there. This is strongly recommended because many dogs are cross-breeds, their descriptions can differ, and no dog can be accurately identified over the telephone. You can reach the pound by phoning (06) 871 5000.
Also, phone the Royal New Zealand SPCA in Hastings on 06 8788733. Your dog may have been injured and someone may have taken it to them.
If your dog is not collected within 7 days of being taken into the pound, the council may re-home your dog, or (if it is not wanted) euthanise it.
Any person can seize a dog found alone in a public place. If you have, contact the Animal Control section at the Council on 06 871 5000.
Alternatively, you can take it to the dog pound.
Do not attempt to handle or restrain an aggressive dog. Instead, try to enclose it, for example by locking it in a shed or behind a gate. Then contact the Animal Control section for assistance.
Open Hours at the Pound
The Animal Control Centre is in Stevens Place, Flaxmere. It is open Monday to Friday 9am to 10am and 3.30pm to 4.30pm, and on Saturday from 11am to 12 noon. You are advised to call first to ensure the centre is open.
Pound fees are charged to cover the time spent on animal control, the dog's food, and other costs. These fees must be paid before taking your dog home. A full list of fees can be found on the Fees page.