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Te Puke Times - 2021-06-10

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Pawsome prize for red dog tag pic

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Dog registrations are open for the 2021/2022 period and to mark the change in tag colour to red Western Bay of Plenty District Council is running a photo competition for those who register before July 1. Council’s compliance and monitoring manager, Alison Curtis says all Western Bay dogs must be registered with a red tag by the end of June to have a chance to win a pooch pamper prize pack valued at $200. “To enter, take a photo of your dog strutting their new red tag, in their best attire and tag Western Bay of Plenty District Council on social media to go in the draw.” The winner will be announced on July 9. “Existing dog owners will receive their registration information pack in the mail this week along with council’s annual dog newsletter with the latest in news and tips.” There is a $3 increase to fees this year. The increase is to cover the build and maintenance costs required for four new dog exercise areas in Waihi Beach, O¯ mokoroa, Katikati and Te Puke in coming years. These dog parks will be fully fenced and serviced for dogs’ social and exercise needs, reducing pressure on other community spaces, and providing a safe and secure space for dogs. As part of Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2031 consultation process, the public was asked if the council should be providing more fenced dog exercise areas — with 491 responses in support, and 233 not in support. Of possible locations O¯ mokoroa had 250 people in support, followed by Te Puke (226), Katikati (165) and Waihi Beach (140). Owners and/or dog details can be updated at westernbay.govt.nz/dogregistration or on the registration form when payment is made. All information on fees and how they apply to different dogs (desexed, unneutered, dangerous, working and assistance dogs etc.) is on the council’s website.

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