Todd McClay MP for Rotorua has welcomed a grant of $22,247 to subsidise neutering for menacing dogs in the region.
The $22,247 grant, made out of a pool of $850,000 of Government funding announced by Associate Minister for Local Government Jacqui Dean today, is part of a New Zealand-wide action plan to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks announced in late 2016.
“The community will be safer thanks to these neutering programmes, which are designed to reduce the risk of dog attacks,” says Mr McClay.
‘’The number of menacing dogs will reduce in the long term, as neutering is linked to decreased roaming and aggression. Many dog owners want to neuter their dog but can’t afford to do so. This subsidy will help those owners.’’
The campaigns are being carried out by 32 territorial authorities, often in coordination with local veterinarians and SPCAs. Many territorial authorities are also combining this neutering offer with their own offers of subsidised microchipping and/or registration.
Other aspects of the national action plan launched last year will be progressed in 2017. This includes a bill to require the licensing of high-risk dog owners, which is expected to be introduced later this year.