Dog Owners Information

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Dog Owners' Information Manual

The Dog Owners' Information Manual provides all the basic information and advice on owning a dog and contains extracts from Horowhenua District Council’s Dog Policy and Bylaw and the Dog Control Act. It is a guide and general information resource only.

Dog Owners' Information Manual(PDF, 480KB)

Registering your dog

All dogs over the age of three months are required to be registered.

The registration year runs from July 1 to June 30 the following year.  All applications for re-registrations should be made by June 30, however payment can be received until July 31. Registration fee payments not made by 31st July annually will incur a 50% late fee penalty payment.

To register your dog you can download an application form below or alternatively contact Council.

Dog Registration Application Form - Print Version(PDF, 66KB)

If someone is caught with an unregistered dog there is an instant fine, plus a penalty fee to register the dog. The owner of the dog has 28 days to pay the fine. A reminder notice is then sent and a further 28 days is given. If no payment is made, court action will be taken.

Dog Renewal Registrations

Once you have received your Application to Renew Registration of Dogs form by post, find out how to complete and pay for your renewal registration on our Dog Renewal Registration page.

Dog Registration Fees & Charges

Dog registration fees can be viewed on our Animal Control Fees & Charges page.

Dog owners who believe they may have difficulty in paying their dog registration fees are encouraged to contact Council on (06) 366 0999 and discuss possible options.

NZ Kennel Association or Racing Greyhounds Trainer

If you are a NZ Kennel Association member or you train racing greyhounds, you can register with Council and gain a reduction on your dog registration fees. To register, please download and complete the notification form below.

NZ Kennel Club Application(PDF, 805KB)
NZ Racing Greyhound Stable Application(PDF, 798KB)

Responsible Dog Owners

If you believe that you are a responsible dog owner, check if you qualify to be a Selected Owner and gain a reduction on your dog registration fees. Download the application form available below, complete the details and submit it to Council.

Selected Owner Status Application(PDF, 796KB)

If someone is caught with an unregistered dog there is an instant fine, plus a penalty fee to register the dog. The owner of the dog has 28 days to pay the fine. A reminder notice is then sent and a further 28 days is given. If no payment is made, court action will be taken.

Dog Pound

The Dog Pound is situated at the Horowhenua District Council depot entrance at 169 Mako Mako Road, Levin.

The pound is open to the public on Monday to Friday, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and 3.30pm to 4.00pm and is closed on the days that Public Holidays are observed.

Dog Pound fees can be viewed on our Animal Control Fees & Charges page.

Dog Control Policy and Practices Annual Report

Each year Council is required to report on a variety of dog-related information to Central Government. This is done by way of the 'Dog Control Policy and Practices Annual Report'.

The latest report is for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 and this is available for downloading below. Alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained by contacting our main Customer Service Centre in Levin on phone (06) 366 0999 during normal working hours.

Dog Control Policy and Practices Annual Report 2015-16(PDF, 6MB)