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28th January, 2018

Animal/Dog Control - New Zealand

A daily walk with your dog should be almost routine, however in most New Zealand cities there are bylaws in effect that place certain conditions on how this is done. These bylaws are designed to among other things protect the public, private property, the environment and protected species. It is up to you as dog owner to be aware of the bylaws in your area. All dog owners are subject to The Dog Control Act 1996 and The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003. In some of New Zealand's larger cities the local authories have set aside designated "dog exercise areas" to allow us dog owners to exercise our dogs with less restrictions in place.

The Pet Network has attempted to point you in the right direction for information on Animal Control in your area by providing links to local authority websites (where they exist) and contact numbers for animal control officers in your area. If you find and anomaly or a broken link please email us here at The Pet Network so that we can update our site.

Useful resources

The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003

The Department of Internal Affairs website -

The Dog Safety Website -