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Selwyn Times: June 13, 2017

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4 Tuesday June 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News It’s a dog’s world in Selwyn SELWYN TIMES Not all As the population grows in Selwyn so too are the number of dogs in the district. Georgia O’Connor Harding reports TITUS HAS been part of Leeston resident Penny Dadson-Clausen’s family since he arrived as a pup nearly 10 years ago. A majestic looking boy he was named Titus after the Roman emperor who ruled between 79- 81AD Titus is part of a growing canine population in Selwyn – there’s 13,034 registered dogs in the district now, up from 10,628 in 2012. It mirrors the growing human population. Farmlands Real Estate agent Mrs Dadson-Clausen, a real estate agent with Farmlands, said Selwyn was a great place to have a dog. The roadsides were safe to walk dogs and places to take them swimming. Titus, 10, was a typical Labrador – laid back. His favourite place is the Rakaia Lagoon. Mrs Dadson-Clausen likes it because of its clean, deep water allowing Titus to “go nuts.” Mrs Dadson-Clausen is looking forward to the new 1.8ha dog park planned to be up and running in Leeston by spring after often taking Titus to the Foster Park dog exercise area in Rolleston. “He gets really carried away and bossy when we go to the park – in a good way, he tells everybody they must come play with him right now,” she said. The new park, to be located between the A&P Showgrounds and land leased to the Ellesmere Heritage Park, will include dog exercise equipment and a small pond. NOT ALL dogs in Selwyn are friendly. There are 77 which are classed as menacing, latest data reveals. There are another seven dogs which are regarded as being dangerous. The information was released in an Environmental Services Statistics Report by the district council. The dangerous dogs are a glen of imaal terrier cross, staffordshire bull terrier, labrador retriever-huntaway cross, mastiff cross, german wirehaired pointer, jack russell cross and bull mastiff. District council senior animal control officer Steve Clarke said the whereabouts of where dogs are located is protected under the Dog Control Act 1996 and could not be released. He said the district’s increasing population is the reason for more dogs living in the area. District council data shows Selwyn’s total human population had increased from 44,595 in 2012 to 58,859 this year. With it, the number of registered dogs in Selwyn had grown from 10,628 to 13,034.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday June 13 2017 5 are friendly Along with the population increase, the number of dog-related complaints had increased from 645 annually to 1079. Mr Clarke said the most common complaints animal control attended were to animals found roaming in need of being collected. Other complaints were incidents where dogs had been involved in rushing towards a person or another animal and when a dog bite occurs. and can only be in a public if portion of an owner’s property Under the Dog Control Act muzzled and controlled on 1996, menacing dogs are classified by specific breeds or deeds exercise area. a leash except when in a dog while dangerous dogs are classified by a deed they have done increased number of dogs in the Cr Pat McEvedy said the such as biting a person. area has increased the number of Dogs classified as menacing are issues in the area. required to be muzzled except “It is just about numbers, and when confined in a vehicle or it is the same as the more people cage. you have on the road, the more Dangerous dogs are required people you have speeding,” he to be kept in a securely fenced said. Clamping may be unenforceable •From page 1 There was nothing in the resource consent to say the business cannot put up the signs, she said. Ms Alder said there had previously been signage at the site regarding parking when the Tea House operated, but it had since gone. However, she told the Selwyn Times she did not know what was on the signage. Ms Alder said the only guideline in the resource consent was for the business to actively contain and possess the usage of the parks. The original resource consent stated the 12 angle car parks located along the road frontage be retained for use by the business. In the original consent the district council agreed the former parallel parking spaces would be converted to 12 angle-parking spaces made available for use by the cafe. Ms Alder said it was about being transparent about what the car parks are there for and if the district council can’t enforce them, then they are in breach of the resource consent. She said if her customers were unable to park in the area for a certain length of time because of unauthorised vehicles it was understandable to have the cars towed or clamped. “At some point the district council needs to start infringement on time limits because if you want business to invest in the community they need to be able to have customers to access their buildings,” she said. The car parks like others in business areas of Lincoln already have district council imposed 120min maximum time limits. Ms Alder said she would not automatically clamp cars but would decide if the driver was abusing the car parks. LAwyERS We have over 40 years’ experience to assist you with… • Buying and Selling Houses and Commercial Property • Wills, Trusts and Estate matters • All issues facing you and your business; • Employment Law matters; • Traffic matters; • Advice regarding Retirement Villages • General Legal Advice on all matters Call John, Brendan or Andrew today 03 366 8996 Email. lawyers@mclegal.co.nz Airport Business Park 92 Russley Road, Christchurch 8042 FREE DENTURE CHECK 6 Brynley St, Hornby | Ph 349 5050 Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-12noon WE SPECIALISE IN THE CARE AND PRESERVATION OF TREES • Pruning • Expert Tree Felling • Fully Insured • Free Quotes • Powerline Clearing Member of NZ Arboriculture Association For quotes and enquiries phone 03 349 7143 | For urgent enquiries phone 027 272-6710 Email: office@arbor-tek.co.nz • Branch Chipping • Competitive Rates • Orion Approved Contractor FULLY QUALIFIED ARBORISTS www.arbor–tek.co.nz “OH I LOVE IT. IT’S ALL SO NEW.” “I have the security, the companionship and everything I need.” Jill made the move to a villa in her Summerset retirement village, after the passing of her husband. “We had discussed it in the past and thought it would be the best thing for me, for many reasons,” she says. Apart from tending to her lovely garden, she keeps a busy daily schedule. Come and see why we love the life at Summerset Open Weekend 17 & 18 June, 10am-4pm Summerset at Wigram 135 Awatea Road, Christchurch Contact Anne Walker on 03 741 0872 or 022 639 2341 wigram.sales@summerset.co.nz “There’s so much going on, so many activities… like film night, Happy Hour, exercise classes… it’s wonderful.” Love the life SUM0544_9x8