Menacing dogs can get desexed and microchipped for free

Waitomo District Council is offering free de-sexing (at a nominated vet clinic), microchipping, and a reduced registration fee for dogs classified as ‘menacing’ under the Dog Control Act.  

Owners of American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario, Brazilian Fila or cross breed, can take advantage of getting this done for free as the usual neutering cost is around $215 (male), and $340 (female).

An upcoming change to the Dog Control Act will likely require all menacing dogs, as categorised under the Act, to be neutered. This change is expected to be included in legislation later this year.  WDC would be required to give effect to this change under the Dog Control Act.

WDC is aware that there are a number of dogs in the District that fall under the Government’s proposed ‘menacing’ legislation. We aim to encourage owners of high-risk breeds to get in behind this programme and help make our communities safer.

Partial funding for this programme has been provided by Central Government in support of the national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.  

For more information on terms and conditions, and to register for the programme please contact WDC on 0800 932 4357 or 07 878 0800 and ask to speak to one of our Animal Control team members.

Menacing dogs can get desexed and microchipped for free

In association with

Atkinsons Vets

Menacing dogs can get desexed and microchipped for free