Barking Dogs

Barking dogs can be a real cause of concern to neighbours either at a nuisance level, or by causing serious disruption to their daily activities or to their sleep. Owners are responsible for their dog’s barking and need to take the necessary steps to minimise the effect on neighbours.

After receiving complaints relating to persistent loud barking or howling of any dog, the Council’s contracted dog control officers may:

  • enter the property where the dog is kept (except the house), at a reasonable hour, to inspect the dog’s living conditions; and/or
  • issue a written warning requiring the person to take all reasonable actions to cease the disturbance; or
  • if necessary, impound a dog if a further complaint is received about continual barking or howling.


Impounding Dogs

Dog control officers may impound any unregistered dog or any dog found wandering outside its owner’s property if it is considered to not be under control and/or likely to cause annoyance, distress or damage to any person or property.

If you think your dog may have been impounded you should contact the Council office to arrange for the dog’s release. Prior to release from a pound, by law any unregistered dog must be registered and/or micro-chipped as appropriate and all pound fees paid.

Impounding fees may be set at different rates for registered versus unregistered dogs and may be graduated according to the number of impounding offences against the same dog.


Lost Dogs

If you have lost your dog it may have been picked up by or been handed to the Council’s dog control officers.


Aggressive Behaviour

If you are a victim or witness to an aggressive dog, you should report the dog to Central Otago District Council, by phoning (03) 440 0056.


Fouling in Public Places

Dog faeces on the footpath or verge is something that most annoys members of the community, who have a right to walk around the towns and through the parks without the risk if stepping in dog mess.

If you are a dog owner you are responsible for cleaning up after your dog if it fouls in a public place.

You must at all times while exercising the dog, whether within a designated exercise area or any public place, carry a suitable receptacle to remove and dispose of dog droppings immediately after the dog has deposited them.

In the event that your dog is witnessed fouling in any public place, or on land or premises other than your own property, you may be fined $300 under Council’s Dog Control Bylaw.



If you have a query or a concern to report please call the main Council number (03) 440 0056 anytime
(this is also the after-hours service number).

Page reviewed: 30 Aug 2013 8:45pm