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Barking Dogs

19 May 2019

General

Dogs bark, yes they do, it is a means of communication and can take a number of forms from happy to see you to a warning. However, complaints are often received by Animal Control Units regarding dogs that bark too much. Even as a dog owner I can...

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Breed Specific Legislation [BSL]

1 April 2019

General

New Zealand enforces matters involving dogs via the Dog Control Act 1996 [DCA]. I have noticed that across New Zealand there is no uniform methodology of deciding what is and what is not a menacing type as per Schedule 4 of the DCA. Facebook posts...

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When can the Council Euthanise my Dog?

28 March 2019

Dog Control

This is a question that often crops up. The Council has limited powers to do so and any power is contained with the Dog Control Act 1996. For this posting, I will only deal with the aftermath of your dog being seized for an alleged attack [section 57...

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You Get a Visit from Council's Animal Control

28 March 2019

Dog Control

When escape is the only option. I get a number of calls from dog owners who are part way into an investigation by Animal Control. Often their dog[s] has been seized following an alleged attack, what is clear is that dog owners often discuss the case...

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Muzzling a dog in your own home!

7 May 2018

General

Recent media and social media concerns, from dog owners, regarding a letter sent out by the Christchurch City Council to dog owners of dogs classified as menacing whether, by breed, type or behavior stating muzzles must be used even within your own...

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Work Licences (limited licence)

3 December 2015

Work Licence

We offer a package deal of $950 plus GST [plus filing fee] for drafting the application, draft orders, supporting affidavits and for representing you in court. Please note, due to a change in legislation if you provide a reading of 800 micrograms [or...

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CAN I SUE FOR DEFAMATION?

26 June 2015

Defamation

Introduction The Defamation Act 1992 covers the law surrounding defamation. When determining whether you can sue someone for defamation, you would need to consider whether your claim is likely to succeed. In order to succeed on a claim of defamation,...

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