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Media: Rotorua Daily PostTopic: Dog Attacks
doing a story on the dog attacks in the district.
doing a story on the spate of dog attacks in the area. Many have said they feel
unsafe and more cats have been killed. Accusations are being made that animal
control is not coming where they are needed. Vicious dogs have been spotted in
Koutu, Hillcrest and Fairysprings.
did comment when I asked last week but just thought I'd add in a few more
I please have comment on the deaths of animals this week?
you noticed more dog attacks than usual? Or calls for roaming dogs?
is being done?
Subsequent questions received:
have had reports of vicious dog attacks in Hillcrest.
woman spoke to me and said she saw her cat being mauled to death by 2 dogs and
new of 5 other cats and a dog in the area that had been killed.
said she is living in fear "I want to feel safe or move."
is too scared to to let her children walk next door.
thing it will be a child"
said animal control was very helpful.
these on animal controls radar - particularly Hillcrest? Is dog control
spending a lot of time on dog attacks in the past few weeks?
reports made it to animal control?
animal control take responsibility for these attacks?
advice is there for people keeping themselves and their animals safe?
advice is there if people think their dogs might be doing this?
advice is there when people see a roaming dog?
From Animal Control Team Lead Dylan Wright:
"We can confirm that in the past fortnight Council has had
reports of three cats, a dog and a guinea pig having been attacked and killed.
We have only had general descriptions of what the offending dogs look like. No
one has been able to confirm where the dogs live.
Although attacks on animals have decreased from the same
period last year, the Animal Control unit has noticed a spike of attacks on
animals in the Hillcrest area but there is no obvious reason to say why this
is. It could be as simple new dogs to the area.
Officer patrols have increased in Hillcrest and other areas
known for roaming dogs. All roaming sightings in the Hillcrest area are being
treated as top priority and are being responded to 24 hours a day.
We really want to encourage people to report roaming dog
sightings to Council on 07 348 4199 as soon as they can with as much
information as possible.
If pet owners are concerned it would help to keep your
animals inside at night and make sure any property gates or fences are secure.
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their dogs are
secured on their own property at all times. If dogs are not out roaming then
attacks like this would not happen – it’s as simple as that."
In February/March 2018 Council
recorded 278 calls about roaming dogs. For the same period in 2019 we have
recorded 229 calls.
the past three months (Dec, Jan and Feb) Council’s Animal Control unit has
received 279 calls about roaming dogs. This number makes up about 23% of
all jobs lodged.
has a team of seven active Animal Control officers with a minimum of four
attending complaints and patrols daily Monday to Friday and a minimum of
two on weekends. Afterhours officers are on call after 4.30pm and respond
as needed to jobs phoned through to our afterhours team.
are considered a ‘priority one’ job which means they are responded to
immediately 24 hours a day.
Animal Control officers respond to all jobs lodged as soon as possible. If
they are not responding to a particular job they are out on general patrol
around the district.
Animal Control team must work to the legislation set out under the Dog
you own a dog it is your responsibility to make sure it is secured on your
own property at all time.
dogs should be reported to Council as soon as possible. Often people post
pictures and information on private social media pages which means
officers are not aware of roaming dog issues. If dogs are reported to
Council, officers can attend sooner and are more likely to pick up the
reporting a dog (if safe to do so) a photograph of the dog and/or a
detailed description of the breed and if known, the address from which the
dog emerged or is known to live, is useful. This information will help
animal control staff to follow up as appropriate.
If you see a roaming dog it is important to try and
distance yourself from the dog but do not run. If possible get behind a
solid object such as a fence, inside your home if you are on your own property
or get to your car if it is nearby.
Media: RotoruaNow (Sunlive)Topic: Hemo sculpture
A wee note
requesting a breakdown of contributions, or confirmation thereof, and from whom
relating to the construction of the Hemo Gorge sculpture:
$240,000 risen to $388,000 ($148,000 added to contribution).
Stag/Civic Arts Trust $100,000 (combined) Is a breakdown possible?
prospect $15,000 (did the suggestion publicised in 2017 (circa!) materalise?)
you in a position to acknowledge in view of the later revised costs whether
partners other than RLC in the sculpture project were asked to contribute more,
or was the latest figure of directly from council coffers, specifically the
The information shared in the news
article of 21 March 2019 is the most up to date public information.
As provided in the excerpt below Council agreed to increase
the original funding by $118,000 and the rest of the overall increase would be
covered by project partners.
If you would like details of their contributions we
encourage you to seek that information directly from them.
“Council confirmed that it would continue the
construction of the sculpture and increase its final contribution from $270,000
to $388,000 with project partners and Red Stag Timber, Rotorua Civic Arts
Trust, Rotorua Trust, Infinity Foundation and Lion Foundation contributing the