18 Apr 2009

Dangerous dogs 'should be put down without owner's permission'

8:12 am on 18 April 2009

A City Council manager is calling for a national law change that would allow dangerous dogs to be destroyed without the owner's permission.

Two dogs that attacked an Invercargill woman last week were later removed from the city's pound in what appears to have been a planned raid.

Invercargill City Council spokesperson William Watt says a law change would mean dog control officers could seize dangerous dogs and put them down immediately.

Currently, the owner's permission is required before animals can be destroyed. If they refuse, the dogs remain at the pound while a notice for destruction is sought through the courts.