Animal Control - Fees & Charges

Animal Control

Horowhenua District Council's Animal Control fees and charges for the 2019/2020 financial year, adopted by Council on 29 May 2019, are available below.

The standard fee for a de-sexed pet dog is $72, with fees for other classes of dogs ranging from free (for a disability assistance dog) to $120 for an entire dog. The new schedule removes the distinction between urban and rural entire pet dogs. Additional charges apply for dangerous dogs. More information about the new schedule can be viewed on our New registration fees encourage responsible dog ownership news item.

All fees are stated as GST inclusive and are effective from 1 July 2019. Council reserves the right to review any fees and charges at any time. Please check with Council for any updates.

Animal Control fees pay for:

  • running the Animal Services Department;
  • actioning complaints;
  • education programmes and material;
  • Pound facilities; and
  • legal costs.
Dog Registration
 2019/2020 Fees
From 1 July 2019
Disability Assist Dog (Class 12) Free
Selected Owner Status (Class 15)  $60.00
NZKC Registered Status (Class 8)   $60.00
Racing Greyhound Registered Status (Class 6)  $60.00
De-sexed Pet Urban (Class 3)   $72.00
Entire Pet Urban (Class 11)   $120.00
Working Dog (Class 2)    $58.00
Stock (Farm) Dog Excempt Microchipping (Class 16) $58.00
Rural Dog De-sexed (Class 17) $72.00
Rural Dog Entire (Class 14)  $120.00
Puppy (Class 13)   $50.00
Superannuitant Owner (Class 1)   $72.00
Dangerous Dog De-sexed (Class 5)   150% of fee
Dangerous Dog Entire (Class 4)   150% of fee
Menacing Dog Entire Urban (Class 10)   $120.00
Menacing Dog De-sexed Urban (Class 9) $72.00
Late Fee Fee plus 50% if paid
after 31 July 2019
Other Fees & Charges
 2019/2020 Fees
from 1 July 2019
Animal Control Officer Hourly Rate  $155.00
Registration Discs  
Transfer from Another Local Authority Free
Replacement Disc $5.00
Dog Impounding  
First Impound Fee, Per Dog $80.00
Second Impound Fee, Per Dog $130.00
Third and Subsequent Impound Fee, Per Dog $180.00
Daily Fee Cost, Per Dog   $10.00
After-Hours Cost in Addition to Impound Fee (per animal) $155.00
Dog Surrender Fee $45.00
Microchipping Fee (following impoundment)  $25.00
Stock Impounding (any four-legged, hoofed animal)  
First Impound Fee   $80.00
Second Impound Fee  $130.00
Third and Subsequent Impound Fee  $180.00
After-Hours Call Out, Whether Animal(s) Impounded or Not   $155.00
Daily Fee Costs, Per Head  $7.00
Associated Costs (Transportation, Hay and the Like) Cost + 20%
Animal Control Officer hourly rate $155.00
Cage Deposit (50% Refundable)    $24.00
Feral Cat Euthanasia  $20.00
Kennel Licence (NZKC / Greyhound)   
First Time Applicants  $30.00
Additional Dog Licence Application   $30.00
Dog Infringement Fees
Fees are set by Legislation

Wilful obstruction of dog control officer or ranger $750.00
Failure or refusal to supply information or wilfully providing false particulars   $750.00
Failure to supply information or wilfully providing false particulars about dog   $750.00
Failure to comply with any bylaw authorised by the section   $300.00
Failure to undertake dog owner education programme or dog obedience course (or both)   $300.00
Failure to comply with obligations of probationary owner   $750.00
Failure to comply with effects of disqualification   $750.00
Failure to comply with effects of classification of dog as dangerous dog   $300.00
Fraudulent sale or transfer of dangerous dog   $500.00
Failure to comply with effects of classification of dog as menacing dog   $300.00
Failure to advise person of muzzle and leashing requirements   $100.00
Failure to implant microchip transponder in dog   $300.00
False statement relating to dog registration   $750.00
Falsely notifying death of dog   $750.00
Failure to register dog   $300.00
Fraudulent procurement or attempt to procure replacement dog registration label or disc   $500.00
Failure to advise change of dog ownership   $100.00
Failure to advise change of address $100.00
Removal, swapping, or counterfeiting of registration label disc   $500.00
Failure to keep dog controlled or confined   $200.00
Failure to keep dog under control   $200.00
Failure to provide proper care and attention, to supply proper and sufficient food, water, and shelter, and to provide adequate exercise   $300.00
Failure to carry leash in public   $100.00
Failure to advise of muzzle and leashing requirements   $100.00
Releasing dog from custody   $750.00