The Council provides animal control services and information to the Tasman District for urban and rural animal owners. This section provides an overview of animal and animal disease control regulations in the district.
This page outlines a landowner's responsiblities in controlling their livestock. It also explains what a member of the public should do if they find stock loose on the road.
Landowners are responsible for controlling their livestock and preventing them from straying onto neighbouring properties or roadways. Should stock be found on roadways they may be impounded by the Council and the owner of the stock will be charged an impounding fee for their release.
For all complaints regarding stock breaking through fences or wandering on to public highways, please call Council on 03 543 8400. The Council provides a 24 hour response for these complaints and an officer will be sent to investigate the situation.
The Council adopted a bylaw in 2005 with the objective of providing for the control and orderly droving of stock on all roads within the District. This bylaw is now expired and is scheduled for review.
For further information please contact Council's Compliance Officers on 03 543 8400.
It's important to effectively manage dogs and stock to reduce the risk of diseases.
Hydatids is a disease that can affect humans, sheep and other animals, and is contracted from dogs. If the hydatid tapeworm is present in a dog's intestine, tapeworm ova are passed out in the faeces and may be ingested by humans or other animals. The ova develop large cysts in the organs, and can cause severe illness or death.
An important reminder to dog owners. Our country has been declared a "controlled area" to enable the limitation of the spread of true hydatids, therefore:
Dog owners are also reminded of the dangers of allowing untreated dogs onto properties where stock are normally grazed. Many dogs harbour sheep measles infection (tapeworms) and must be treated before being taken onto farmland.
Paratak and Paratak Plus worm tablets are available for purchase at all Council offices.
Control Services (Nelson) Ltd carries out our 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.
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.
Read more about animal welfare practices from the Ministry of Primary Industries.