Council warns dog owners of imposters

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 15:09 24/01/2014

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The council has warned of bogus animal control officers after reports of impersonators approaching pet owners.

Kapiti Coast District Council has received complaints about two people posing as animal control officers.

Environmental standards manager Nick Fowler said it was not clear what the intentions of the bogus officers were.

One resident was phoned by a bogus officer. The other was approached at his property by a different person posing as an officer.

"If an animal control officer rings you and you have any doubts at all about his or her identity, ask for that person's name and say you'll ring back via the main council number, 04 296 4700, or that you'll come to the office to talk face to face.''

Mr Fowler said animal control officers wear a navy blue uniform with the Kapiti Coast District Council logo on it, and drive council vehicles.

''If you're still unsure, ask to see the person's warrant."

Mr Fowler said it is vital the bogus officers are not given access to people's homes.

"It's not clear what their intentions are, but residents do need to be careful, vigilant and make sure they're absolutely certain any animal control officer who contacts or approaches them is genuine."

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