Letting the dogs out

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.