Council defends decision to impound dog

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 14:21 26/11/2012
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Back home: Lisa Miller with Holly – returned thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Holly the dog has been returned to her owner Lisa Miller thanks to the kindness of a stranger - but Kapiti Coast District Council has backed its actions in impounding the dog in the first place.

As reported last week by the Kapiti Observer, Holly, nearly 15, was impounded over an unpaid late fee on her registration. Ms Miller, a beneficiary, said she could not keep up her repayments.

The same day the Observer reported the story the dog was returned to Ms Miller, after a stranger paid the $130 fee.

"Just say to whoever paid that - a massive thanks from me and Holly," Ms Miller said.

Meanwhile the council shot back over Ms Miller's story, saying there is a "long history" to the case.

Community services group manager Tamsin Evans said privacy reasons prevented her from releasing full details but Holly had not been registered for most of her life.

A number of infringement notices had been issued to Ms Miller in connection with Holly and other dogs in her care, she said.

"Since Ms Miller went to a local newspaper claiming she had been unfairly treated over Holly's most recent seizure, the council has received calls from outraged members of the public, some offering to pay the outstanding fees."

Ms Evans said owners who think it is all right to own a dog and not pay fees are becoming an increasing problem for the council.

"I am very proud of our animal control team and am satisfied they only impounded Holly as a last resort. That outcome resulted solely from the actions of her owner."

Ms Miller said she is paying off the previous fines and is not in arrears with her payments.

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