Dog Care and Welfare
This page provides information on dog welfare, safety and wellbeing.
Legislative welfare standards for keeping dogs
The New Zealand standards for dog and animal welfare and safety are set in legislation by the Animal Welfare Act 1999.
Dog owners have dog welfare responsibilities under the legislation
Under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 a dog owner is required to ensure:
- The physical health and behavioural needs of their dog or dogs are met in accordance with good practice and scientific knowledge; and
- Their dog or dogs receive treatment to alleviate unreasonable and unnecessary pain or distress.
If you require further information you may refer to the web page links below or consult your veterinarian or dog or kennel club.
Links to more dog information
Porirua City Council links: