Text 2 Desex

Free desexing for registered menacing dogs

Last Updated : 05 Jul 2017


Auckland Council has launched a free TXT2DESEX service with the help of a grant from central government.

To qualify for free desexing your dog must be registered and classified as menacing under the Dog Control Act 1996. Dog owners just need to text the word “Yes” to 3169.

Reducing dog-related harm

De-sexing menacing dogs is a key component of reducing dog-related harm, according to Auckland Council Community Development and Safety Committee Chair, Councillor Cathy Casey.

“De-sexing reduces aggression and wandering in dogs. It also prevents potentially thousands of unwanted puppies being born, giving the dogs already in our shelters a much better chance of finding a forever home,” she says.

“We’re trying to reach all Aucklanders who own menacing dogs. We’re not trying to take their dogs off them – it’s perfectly legal to own a pitbull or other menacing-classified dog – we just want to help get these dogs under control and safe to be around, for everybody’s safety.”

Campaign success

The campaign follows a highly successful campaign by Auckland Council in 2016, which saw more than 1000 menacing dogs registered, de-sexed and microchipped.

Funding for the operation has been provided by central government as part of a national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.

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