Council provides animal control services and information to the Tasman District for urban and rural animal owners.
Services include stock control, dog control, lost and found services, dog registration information, help with problem animals and dog education programmes. If you have lost, or if you find, a dog or stock (cattle, sheep or horses), please contact Council, 03 543 8400.
Find out about your responsibilities as a dog owner. Read about Council services including managing problem dogs, lost and found dogs and more.
Read about the landowner's responsibility to manage their stock and what to do if you find stock loose on a road.
Find out how to effectively manage dogs and stock to reduce the risk of diseases, and learn where to get more information.
Enforcement and Education
Control Services (Nelson) Ltd carries out Council's animal control enforcement responsibilities.
They also carry out education programmes in schools, businesses and community groups on bite prevention, animal welfare, dog control and hygiene. These programmes make Tasman District a safer place for dogs and people. Animal Control has a close working relationship with the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), local veterinarians and dog clubs, as well as the New Zealand Institute of Animal Control Officers.
Please report complaints about wandering stock and dogs direct to Council in person or by calling Council's 24-hour phone service on 03 543 8400.
Animal welfare is the responsibility of the person caring for the animal. Providing exercise, nutrition and shelter for any animal is essential, and there are penalties if you fail to meet adequate standards for the welfare of your animals.
Animal Welfare Practicesfrom the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.