Waitaki Herald : August 27th 2014
NEWS Stealing dog ends in fine Council urges talking first By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org F reeing a dog from the Waitaki District Council’s dog pound has hit a local man in the pocket. A break-in at the pound took place recently and resulted in a dog being stolen. Under the Dog Control Act 1996 it is an offence to release a dog from custody and offenders can be fined up to $3000. Council regulatory services manager Lichelle Guyan says taking dogs from dog control could not be condoned and could pose a threat to people’s safety. ‘‘We haven’t had a lot of issues with break-ins but it is a concern from a safety perspective for the person breaking in. ‘‘If there’s more than one dog in the pound and that person is unknown to dogs, it could cause some destruction.’’ The offender was identified through security camera footage and has been handed a fine of $750. Guyan says council has worked with police on the matter and because the offender has co-operated with police, they have not been prosecuted. She says people should get in touch with council in relation to issues around dog control rather than take matters into their own hands. ‘‘I just encourage people that if their dog has been taken by animal control to call and have a conversation with us. ‘‘We aim to talk with people one-on-one. The preference would be to start there.’’ Meet ‘n’ greet: A large number of families have moved to Oamaru this year. The Waitaki Newcomers Network hold a coffee morning at the Opera House once a month so newcomers to the district can meet and connect. The August gathering drew newcomers who have have moved to the district from Invercargill, Christchurch, Dunedin and Southland. WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 27, 2014 Welcome to Oamaru 11 Photo: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ A choice of villas available now at McKenzie Lifestyle Village. It’s shaping up to be a wet miserable winter. Are you ready to make a move? A choice of cosy villas are ready for you now - with soft carpets on the floor and stylish drapes at the window. All you have to do is move in the furniture and decide where to hang the pictures. Visit mlv.co.nz, call David Connolly now on 0800 84 55 24 or come and find us at 33 Connolly Street, Geraldine.
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