Letting the dogs out

01:07, Sep 06 2012
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QUICK TASTE: Todd Padgett helps his bichon frise, Sophie, enjoy a fluffy at a local cafe.
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EASY GOING: Duncan McFarlane outside Morrison St Cafe with his dogs Gus, a short-haired jack russell and Pippi, the long-haired jack russell.
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DIGNIFIED: Peaches, also known as hotdog, owned by Peta Wright, during a visit to the Maitai River.
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WELL BEHAVED: Leone Edwards, with Bondy, left, and Jewels Brett with Amiee outside the Haven Rd dairy.
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WATCHFUL: Mitzi, a miniature jack russell sits outside Le Havre in Mapua.
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DYNAMIC DUO: Kramer and Marvin, French bulldogs owned by Shelley and Simon Burge
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TEAM PLAYER: Charlie, a British bulldog owned by Luke Smith on the side line supporting Nelson College 2nd XV.
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RELAXED: Tenzing with his owner, Mandy Broad, of Hira.
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CHILLED OUT: Minnie, the jack russell wirehead cross, owned by Winnie Luthje of Nelson, dressed for a winter’s day.
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HAPPY TRAVELLER: William and Anne Marie Cleaver’s teacup chihuahua, Poppit.

Nelson needs happy dogs, but it also needs happy owners and right now the city council is striving to meet the needs of both through the fine-tuning of its policy on controlling dogs in the central city.

The process of updating Nelson's Draft Dog Control Policy and Bylaw has been protracted by the call for a second round of public consultation, for which submissions closed last week, after the council became concerned about aspects of the earlier round of consultation, and decided to do it again.

The proposed approach now requires dogs to be on a lead within the urban centres of the Nelson Central Business District, and the Stoke and Tahunanui shopping centres, and requires dogs to be on a lead in most neighbourhood parks not listed as off-lead areas.

Nelson Mail photographer Marion van Dijk took a stroll around town, and further out into the region, and found dogs are very much part of people's everyday lives.

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