The district is the last area to be visited by dog control officers, who have just completed patrols in both Puaikura and Te Au O Tonga.
Officers have been following up four basic requirements dog owners must follow in the Cook Islands: Residents can only own up to two dogs per household, and all dogs must be de-sexed, registered and tagged.
The campaign began in October 2016, and police say so far, the statistics are disappointing with most dog owners failing to comply with their legal requirements.
Says police media liaison officer Trevor Pitt: “For example, around Puaikura, only 23 per cent of the total number of dogs counted were registered. And, throughout Te Au O Tonga, the percentage of registered dogs was even worse – only 9 per cent.
He says the detailed figures won’t be released until the completion of the patrols, but the preliminary indicators are driving a stronger argument for more stringent enforcement by police.
It’s in the interests of dog owners to abide by the law and the advice provided by the Dog Control Officer when visited,” Pitt says.
“House-to-house calls will be conducted with a sweep of each village throughout Takitumu, over the coming weeks.”