Free Desexing Campaign

Background Information

Funding for the neutering of menacing dogs
Westland District Council has received funding from the Government for the neutering of menacing dogs. This means that Council will be offering free neutering for all eligible dogs.

The Department of Internal Affairs grant is part of an $850,000 nationwide neutering scheme announced as part of the new national action plan in late 2016 which is aimed at reducing the risk and harm of dog attacks.

It is expected that proposed Government legislation making it compulsory for all dangerous and menacing dogs to be neutered will come into force in the near future.

Neutering menacing dogs will likely become compulsory in the future, so we are encouraging owners to take advantage of getting this done for free as neutering can cost up to $400.

Please contact Council on 03 756 9010 or dogs@westlanddc.govt.nz to register your dog for the de-sexing programme or if you have any questions.

What is a menacing dog?
To be eligible for this funding, your dog must be classified as menacing by breed/type or behaviour.

Dogs can be classed as menacing if they are seen as, or are reported to be, posing a threat to people, stock, poultry, domestic animals or wildlife. There are also five breeds of dogs automatically classed as menacing under the Dog Control Act 1996: the Brazillian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro De Presa Canario and the Pit Bull Type.