Dargaville’s Graham Jones and his supporters are organising a town meeting to address dog control issues

Public meeting planned

by Andy Bryenton

Dargaville resident Graham Jones is planning a public meeting to pool ideas and put questions to the appropriate authorities regarding dog control enforcement in the Kaipara.

After presenting a petition to council with 111 signatories, Mr Jones says that there are still people contravening the law and that the issue of roaming and aggressive dogs is now one of wide public concern. He and his supporters invite the wider public to attend a meeting on Monday, May 27, at the Lions Club hall on Hokianga Road, starting from 7pm. On the agenda; a forum for sharing ideas about ending the threat perceived to walkers and neighbourhood pets.

Mr Jones, who was himself attacked by what he describes as ‘a pack of five hunting dogs’ this January in Dargaville, plans to invite representatives of council to assist in addressing the public’s questions.

Meanwhile, amendments to the dog control bylaws are underway, after a large number of submissions were received by the Kaipara District Council on the issues surrounding responsible dog ownership in the community.

A report was presented to the councillors and mayor at a meeting on May 2.

However, Mr Jones says that the forthcoming meeting is not primarily about changes to the bylaws; rather about enforcement to stop offenders who break them.