GDC defends seizing dog over unpaid fee

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Gore council animal control workers entered a property on Tuesday to seize a dog for unpaid registration fees.

They were on the property legally and seizing the dog was the culmination of a lengthy process.

In response to a video posted on social media, council regulatory and planning general manager Ian Davidson-Watts said uplifting an innocent dog and much loved pet was an unpleasant task, but if the registration fees were not paid the council had to uphold the law.

“The deadline to pay dog registrations this present financial year was August 17, 2018.

“As a last resort, the dog is seized,” Dr Davidson-Watts said.

There are 32 dogs currently unregistered in the Gore district and the council is working with owners to get them registered.

“From past practice, the majority of these owners register their dogs or arrange payment after being contacted.”

Having viewed the video, the council was satisfied staff acted appropriately under the circumstances.

The dog’s owner came in later that day and paid the overdue fee. The dog was returned to them.