This is as well as regular reminding features in your newspapers about the worsening unchecked problem of roaming dogs on our roads has prompted me to urge the department to tell the public why:
- There is still no dog ranger appointed
- The number of dogs is increasing and not decreasing as intended
- There is no law against roaming dogs
I write as an angry victim of an unprovoked dog attack while cycling on the main road in Turangi recently.
On a 1 kilometre stretch of back road in Turangi there are five homes with more than the accepted number of dogs each. They chase and hassle anything that comes past. This has stopped people from walking there. The main road is just as bad, with marauding packs threatening people on bicycles, motor bikes and even people walking. Why is this allowed to happen?
Yet, every so often, policemen enter properties armed with notebooks to check on dog registrations (collars) and how many dogs the owner has, but they ignore stray dogs that are around. Constable Maatara Cummings came on CITV on Thursday night and said: “Tie your dogs at home to look after your house, not the road”.
Herewith, Editor, is the solution to our roaming dog problem- tie them up!
I suggest that the duly appointed dog ranger be given not a shotgun like before, but heaps of three metre long 10mm thick ropes to tie wandering dogs in their own yards – off the roads.
But what my forefathers in Aitutaki did is a hard act to follow today. They solved their dog problem by shooting and killing all dogs on the island, rendering Aitutaki a dog free paradise, today.
Can the soon to be elected Member of Parliament for Ngati-Tangiia match that?