Dog pound agreement to be debated

The CDC pound is old and does not follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Primary Industries. PHOTO/STOCK.ADOBE.COM

Councilors in Carterton will decide today whether to advance an overnight pound deal with neighboring councils.

If materialized, the deal would save Carterton approximately $400,000 in capital costs when fully implemented.

Masterton and South Wairarapa Councils have yet to agree to the arrangement and overnight charges have not been determined. It is anticipated that fees may be $150 to $350 per dog, per night.

If there is no agreement between Carterton District Council [CDC] and neighboring councils can be reached, CDC would have to build a new pound at a capital cost of $519,000. If a deal is struck, the CDC is expected to invest $75,000 in Carterton’s pound so it can be used as a daytime facility.

This money would be taken from the existing budget for the construction of a pound.

Further capital investments for climate change – expected to be in the range of $42,000 – would be funded by the Three Waters Better Off grant.

The CDC pound is old and does not follow the guidelines set by the Ministry of Primary Industries [MPI]. It is used, but does not have a small outdoor space; is without electricity; is poorly fenced; and requires significant work to bring it into line with the guidelines.

The Masterton and South Wairarapa pounds were also not meeting MPI guidelines and the two councils were moving forward with building their own pounds after talks for a combined Wairarapa dog pound broke down.

South Wairarapa District Council was building a container-based facility, which would be unmanned and have limited access to other services such as a veterinary area and a euthanasia area.

Masterton District Council [MDC] the facility is still under design, but should be staffed and have the capacity to undertake veterinary checks and the ability to euthanize animals if necessary.

In his report to Carterton councilors, chief executive Geoff Hamilton said the fee agreement had been a “major hurdle so far”, given that no council wanted to fund another.

The CDC had not planned to contribute to the capital costs of the other councils’ books.

“The challenge around fees is mainly two-fold,” he said.

“First, the MPI guidelines drive up costs to meet their high standards.

“Second, with construction costs increasing faster than the rate of inflation, there is great uncertainty in the total construction costs of SWDC and MDC facilities.

“Furthermore, until the MDC and SWDC books have been built, some reluctance implies the possibility that actual construction costs will differ materially from projected costs.”

Hamilton said market rates for boarding kennels range from $30 to $60 per night depending on the size of the dog and length of stay.

“Council facilities appear to be held to much higher standards by pet owners and MPI.

“The provision of these services is reflected in the anticipated costs, hence the reference to a ‘premium’ market rate.

“We anticipate rates will be tiered, but can reach $150 to $350 per night.”

Because the fee has not been agreed upon, if the advisers decide to move forward with the arrangement, “the CDC may have no choice but to accept the fee charged at a later date.”

“Despite this risk, it is recommended that no dog pound be constructed at CDC at this time and continue to work to take advantage of otherwise vacant space in the pounds offered by SWDC and MDC,” he said. declared.

Carterton advisers were asked to note that the dog pound service agreement would save around $400,000 in capital costs when fully implemented.– NZLDR

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