Menacing Dog Amnesty


​Western Bay District Council, in collaboration with Tauranga City Council, is offering an amnesty to owners of Pit Bull Terriers and other menacing dog breeds.

This FREE package includes:

  • Free neutering
  • Free microchipping
  • Subsidised muzzle
  • Free registration for the 2017-18 year (for NEW dogs not previously registered only)

The offer runs until 31 December 2017 and applies to dogs that have or could be classified as menacing under the Dog Control Act 1996 due to their breed, type or behaviour. 

Four breeds (Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Perro dePresa Canario) and one type (American Pit Bull Terrier) are automatically classified as menacing dogs. However, any dog that Council considers may pose a threat to any person or animal may also be classified as menacing.

 The campaign is largely funded by central Government, and is part of a nationwide programme​ to reduce dog attacks in New Zealand, and supports the proposed changes for menacing dog owners under the Dog Control Act.​ 

To register for this package, or to find out more, give us a call on 07 571 8008, email or visit any of our service ce​ntres.​



Page reviewed: 25 Aug 2017 4:30pm