More dogs being registered

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The number of registered dogs in Dunedin has been increasing by about 500 a year, a Dunedin City Council spokesman says.

Council parking and animal services team leader Peter Hanlin said the number of registered dogs could exceed 18,000 this July, if council estimations were correct.

Mr Hanlin said the yearly registration fee, which was set to increase from $96 to $99 for a non-working dog under the draft 2017-18 annual plan, went towards paying the ongoing costs of running the animal services team.

Costs included animal control pickup and impoundment, maintenance and upgrades of dog parks and funding any pamphlets or other information for the public, Mr Hanlin said.

An increase in dog registration fees reflected a council-wide 3% rates increase, he said.

The fees had been used to fund upgrades of the East Taieri Dog Park last year.

The animal services team hoped to install small dog areas in other parks around the city, as funds provided, but would be aiming towards maintenance of the Shand Park dog park in South Dunedin next, he said.

The council was still offering free desexing and registration of dangerous dogs, Mr Hanlin said.

Dog registration would close on June 31, and all late registrations would incur an additional fee of 50% of the original registration cost, he said.

For more information on dog registration costs, visit www.dunedin.govt.nz/services/animal-control/fees.