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Animal education and control
~ Mana Whakahaere Kararehe

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Dog owner responsibilities

Owning a dog is a big responsibility and the law sets out things you must do for it. These include:

  • Registering your dog by the age of three months then every year after that
  • Making sure your dog has everything to keep it healthy and happy, including proper shelter, clean water and food
  • Accepting legal responsibility for a dog(s) you are in charge of
  • Ensuring your dog does not threaten or injure other dogs, people, stock, poultry, domestic pets or protected wildlife (if it does, it can be seized immediately)
  • Keeping your dog under control at all times
  • Advising council, in writing, within 14 days if your dog dies or is moved to another address

No more than two dogs over three months of age may be kept on an urban residential property in Hastings. You can apply for a permit to have more than two dogs.
For the forms for registration, keeping more than two dogs, applying for responsible owner accreditation, and dog registration refund (in the case of a dog's death) see the Dog Registration page.

Simple tips for keeping your dog healthy

  • Give your dog enough food and plenty of clean, fresh water
  • Give your dog plenty of exercise
  • Make sure your dog has shade and shelter
  • Include your dog in your family life

Dog Control officers

A Dog Control officer can enter a private property if they have good cause to suspect an offence is being committed. The officer can bring other people onto the property for assistance.

A Dog Control officer can remove a dog from a property if:

  • It is left without food or water
  • A court orders it be removed
  • The dog has no current registration
  • The dog is not confined and can freely leave the property
  • The dog has attacked a person, stock, poultry, animal or protected wildlife, rushed at a vehicle in a public place, or rushed or startled a person or animal in a public place
  • The dog owner has failed to comply with the requirements of a dangerous or menacing classification
  • A further barking complaint has been received after a dog owner has been issued with a barking abatement notice and there are reasonable grounds for believing the nuisance in respect of which the notice was issued is continuing and distress is being caused to any person

Change of dog ownership and/or address details

If the ownership of a dog has changed or you and your dog move house, written notification must be sent to the Hastings District Council within 14 days. The details of the new owner's address and the address where the dog will be kept are required. To update ownership details (or change of address) please complete the online form:

Change of dog ownership details form

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