This page explains what happens if stock are found wandering around Porirua City streets and beaches.
Stock are not permitted to wander free on roads or public places
Stock wandering uncontrolled on roads and in public places are serious hazards for both people and road traffic particularly at night. Stock includes a horse, cow, bull, cattle, deer, sheep, donkey, mule, pig, goat, or other animal. Promptly notify Police about wandering stock via the "111" emergency service. They will notify Council's Animal Control staff and provide traffic control until the animals are safely dealt with.
Wandering stock may be impounded
Council’s Animal Control officers will impound stock found wandering at large on roads or in any public place. Impounded animals are held in the Council pound until claimed or disposed of.
Unclaimed animals may be are sold by public tender advertised in local newspapers or otherwise disposed of.
Impounded animals may be returned to their owner
Impounded animals may be reclaimed from Council:
- Upon payment of the impounding, holding and food costs; and
- Upon production of proof of ownership.
You can make inquiries with Council about impounded stock
To inquire about a missing or impounded animal, call Council’s Customer Services Centre on phone (04) 237 5089.
Straying marine animals may also cause a problem
Straying marine animals i.e., seals, penguins etc, may sometimes become at risk or cause a nuisance. You are requested to report stranded, straying or dead marine animals immediately to the Department of Conservation (DOC) on its free phone number 0800 362 468. Where the animal is creating a nuisance, impeding traffic or endangering any person or themselves notify the Police also via the "111" service.
Links to more animal information
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