Don’t blame police for doing their duty

Tuesday February 06, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor
Any dog found without a disc can be classifi ed as unregistered and police have the right to destroy it. 18020532 Any dog found without a disc can be classifi ed as unregistered and police have the right to destroy it. 18020532

Speaking as a former police officer in the dog control division, I have to say it is very disappointing to read about people complaining about what these police officers, both men and women, have to do in the line of duty.

 

Perhaps it’s time for these complainers to put their hands up to join the police force and learn what our officers do – otherwise, please keep your opinions to yourself. If you think these officers aren’t doing their duty right, then don’t blame them, because the day may come when you will be glad of their help.

These officers help people in the worst of circumstances on our roads, and in all sorts of other situations, day and night. They deal with the consequences of bad accidents and always have to do their duty, however unpleasant it might be. Come on tatou, give credit where it’s due.

Regarding dog complaints, do not point fingers at the police if they shoot your dog when it has no registration disc. You, the owner, are responsible for your dog’s registration disc and for making sure it’s on the dog’s collar at all times.

Any dog found without a disc can be classified as unregistered and police have the right to destroy it. That’s the law. There’s no point in going to the courthouse and taking a case against the police. If you value your dog, and its tag is missing, buy a new one.

Give the person at police headquarters who deals with these things the number that was on the lost disc. After all, the police can’t ask the dog whether or not it is registered.

If the dog control officer has reasonable grounds to believe your dog has attacked or startled any person, stock or poultry, or rushed any vehicles, they have the right to enter any land or premises with or without the consent of the landowner to seek and destroy that dog. I know. And I had to get used to people being angry at me simply because I was doing my work within the law!

Do not threaten the police. Blame yourself if your dog causes trouble or isn’t registered, and understand the dog law before you point the finger.

            Joe Ngatae

 

1 comment

  • Comment Link James Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:44 posted by James

    Good on you Joe, for speaking up.

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