Dog problems and complaints
Talk to your neighbour if you're having problems with their dog. You can also complain to your local council.
If you think a dog is being abused or neglected by its owner, contact your local SPCA office.
If your neighbour's dog is aggressive or annoying, you can try talking to your neighbour. If this doesn't work, you can complain to your local council. The council's dog control officer can:
- give the dog owner advice and information
- give the dog owner a warning or fine
- issue a barking abatement notice
- take the dog.
All dogs must be registered with their local council every year, and most dogs must also have a microchip.
This helps keep track of dogs that have been classified as dangerous or menacing, as well as reunite lost or stolen dogs with their owners.
These dog breeds are currently banned in NZ and can't be imported:
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Brazilian Fila
- Japanese Tosa
- Perro de Presa Canario.