Report roaming dogs to Council

Days of a roaming dog are numbered as the Hamilton City Council sees it as a threat without its owner.

Instead of posting a message on local community group on social media (like the one below) to report a dog roaming free, you may have to contact the Council.

Such posts of roaming dogs may no longer be needed (courtesy: FB)

The Council believes the roaming dogs “can pose a threat to themselves and others” and encourage residents to report a roaming dog contact Council as soon as they see one.

“Roaming dogs are an issue that is often overlooked. Usually people do not report roaming dogs until they have caused a problem,” says Animal Education and Control Manager, Susan Stanford.

“We encourage people to contact us as soon as they see one. We will track the dog down, pick it up and run the necessary checks, before having it returned to its owner if they can be located,” says Stanford, or, take the dog to the safety of their kennel facility.

The reinforcement of this message comes about following reported attacks on three domestic cats last month in Glenview, believed to have been done by two roaming dogs. In the past 12 months, there have been 2223 dogs reported roaming in Hamilton; 526 dogs were impounded, and Animal Control gave advice and education on roaming to 568 dog owners.

Roaming dog
HCC wants roaming dogs to be reported immediately

“Roaming dogs can pose a threat to themselves and others. A roaming dog may be stolen, injured, poisoned or killed. It could also injure another person or animal. A substantial number of dog attacks reported to the Council involve a roaming incident,” says Stanford.

Dogs that roam a lot increase the size of their territory and can become aggressive towards people or animals that encroach on it.

“Ultimately if a dog can get out and wander, it will. Dogs roam because owners provide the opportunity for it to do so – not ensuring gates are closed and secured and/or the fencing is inadequate to contain the dog, some dogs can clear a six-foot fence.

“It is the responsibility of the owner to keep their dogs contained, registered and microchipped, so if they do get out and are found they can be quickly reunited with their owner,” says Stanford.

“Our priority is to limit the number of roaming dogs across the city and we appreciate the assistance of the public to help us do that,” she adds.

If you see a roaming dog, phone Hamilton City Council Animal Education and Control on 07 838 6632.