There are about 8,100 registered dogs in the Invercargill area. Enjoy your dog - but be aware of the rights of other people.

Dogs owners must ensure that their dog is kept under control at all times. In public places dogs must be kept on a lead, held by a person who is capable of controlling the dog. NOTE: Dogs with a known infectious disease are not allowed in public places. This is a serious offence and is in breach of the Dog Control Act.


Microchipping is a simple procedure in which a microchip about the size of a grain of rice is inserted into the dog's scruff. Under the Dog Control Act 1996, all dogs registered for the first time on or after July 1, 2006 and all dogs classified on or after December 1, 2003, must be microchipped.
A microchip contains a number that belongs only to your dog, enabling secure and reliable life-long identification. If a microchipped dog gets lost and picked up by a dog control officer, or injured and taken to a vet, the microchip can be scanned and Council can then check its number on the national dog database to enable a quick reunion with its owner.

The Animal Control team - (03) 211 1777 - can assist with this, or contact your local vet.

No-go areas

Dogs are not allowed in certain areas. These include the Invercargill Central Business District and inner city, defined as the area contained within and including Tay, Deveron, Yarrow and Dee Streets. Dogs are also not allowed at events organised by the Council, unless otherwise stated. Prohibition in "no dog areas" does not apply to guide dogs for the blind, hearing ear dogs, police dogs, dogs being used by security guards or dogs confined in an efficient container or securely confined in a vehicle.

Dogs in parks and reserves - scooping the poop

When a dog fouls in public the person controlling the dog is responsible for the immediate removal of the faeces. Dog owners are advised to keep a plastic bag handy and note that free "Scoop the Poop bags" are available from the Queens Park Office during office hours.

Banned breeds

Under the Dog Control Amendment Act 2003 it is illegal to import any of the following breeds/types of dog (either live or semen, ova, or embryo): American Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Brazilian Fila, Japanese Tosa and Perro de Presa Canario.

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