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More bays for rowdy and wandering dogs

EVAN HARDING
Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012

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Invercargill's new and enlarged dog pound is allowing animal control officers to nab more wandering and barking dogs off the streets, a city council boss says.

The council's environmental and planning services director Pamela Gare said dogs that barked incessantly and wandering dogs had been an issue of concern highlighted by South Alive, the group charged with reinvigorating the south side of the city.

"Now we have our new dog pound, we can start addressing some of those issues . . . it's bigger so it can take more dogs," Mrs Gare said.

The new dog pound has 25 dog bays, whereas the old pound had just 10 bays.

The animal control officers had been unable to respond to barking or wandering dog complaints when the old pound was full because there was nowhere to put them, she said.

But the increased capacity at the new pound had negated those issues.

"We can address the issues straight away . . . it's quite exciting, we are entering into a new era for animal control."

A report to this week's council regulatory committee meeting says the number of dogs impounded in the three months to September 30 was 131, up from 118 on the corresponding time last year.

The increased kennel capacity also allows for dogs to be held for longer periods of time at the pound, the report says.

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