It is important for all dog owners to be aware of when a dog can be classified as dangerous or menacing, and what that means for the owner.
The Christchurch City Council has the authority to classify dogs as dangerous or menacing.
A dog can be classified as dangerous if:
When a dog is classified as dangerous, the dog owner has a right to object within 14 days of receiving the classification notice. Objections must be in writing.
If the Council has classified a dog as dangerous, the owner must:
Failure to comply with any of the above makes any owner of a dangerous dog liable for a fine of up to $3000 upon conviction and a Dog Control Officer may seize, remove and hold the dog until the Council is satisfied that the dog owner will comply with the requirements.
Read more about Dog Control offences.