Animal Control

You can call in animal issues at any time (day or night).  Emergency services are provided after hours, including:

  • Dog attacks on people or stock
  • Wandering stock
  • Animal welfare issues,
  • Any other animal related issue that cannot be reasonably put off until the working day

Dog registration fees

Council's dog registration fee structure is designed to provide a greater level of incentive for dog owners to pay their dog registration fees on time and meet other legal and good owner obligations.

A new pricing model introduced for the 2017/18 registration year has been designed to reward proactive, prompt payment by dog owners rather than penalties for non-compliance which the old pricing model focused on.

Council was aware that there are a significant number of unregistered dogs of all classifications in Ruapehu. It is hoped that the new pricing model will encourage the small number of dog owners that do not register their dog on time (by 31 July every year) to do so.

Dog Classifications

Ruapehu has four dog registration classifications

  • Selected Owner Policy (SOP) pet dogs
  • (All other) pet dogs
  • Working dogs
  • Hunting dogs

See the dog classification web page for more information

Dog micro-chipping

By law all pet dogs older than three months must be micro-chipped. Council can micro-chip your dog for $37. Please call your local Council office to make an appointment.

Digital photo requirements for pet and hunting dogs

To assist with the mis-classification of dogs, identification and lost/wandering dogs Council is requesting that all pet and hunting dog owners provide a digital photo of their dog.

This will be mandatory from the 2018/19 registration year on. You can supply a digital photo at any time or organise for Council animal control officers to take one for you.

See the digital photo web page for more information

Dog Control Annual Report 2015-2016

The Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 requires all councils to make an annual report available on how it has performed against its Dog Control Policy and Practices. RDC's Dog Control and Practice Report can be viewed here. This Report is for the year ending 30 June 2016.

Dog Control Policy

Council's Dog Control Policy can be viewed here.

Animal Control Bylaw 2012

Council's Animal Control Bylaw 2012 can be viewed here.


Page reviewed: 14 Dec 2017 9:20am