Police Commissioner Turepu James Keenan signed off warrants for Mata Nooroa (Cook Islands SPCA), David Pokia (Cook Islands SPCA), and Dr Michael Baer (Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic) to provide support in assisting police with dog control. POLICE MEDIA/23012058
For the first six months of this financial year (July to December), Police says, the Dog Ranger team has put down 174 dogs.
than 20 dogs were put down last month alone.
spokesperson Trevor Pitt said that of this number, just over 20 per cent were
reported attacks on animals with three per cent involving humans.
said at least 30 per cent of the dogs destroyed were wild, and nine per cent
week, Police Commissioner Turepu James Keenan signed off warrants for Mata
Nooroa (Cook Islands SPCA), David Pokia (Cook Islands SPCA), and Dr Michael
Baer (Te Are Manu Veterinary Clinic) to provide support in assisting police
with dog control.
includes de-sexing, registration and awareness about ownership responsibility.
to Te Are Manu Vet Clinic, its chief medical officer Dr Baer received this
warrant for the sole purpose of being able to provide veterinary care to
animals needing medical treatment where the owner is either unable or refuses
to provide treatment as well as for the purpose of de-sexing dogs to assist
with population control.
Are Manu will not take part in any Police activity that is contrary to our
mandate of providing quality care to the animals of the Cook Islands.”
said another two members will join the dog ranger team, submitted by Cook
Islands Security’s Chris Denny and financed by Cook Islands Tourism, by next
representatives are appointed for a period of 12 months, authorising them to
assist the Police Dog Ranger team, in the efforts to manage the issues
associated with dogs around Rarotonga.
TJ Keenan issued the warrants with legal advice on the implications of the
authority provided by Senior Sergeant Tuaine Manavaroa from the Police
said Police will maintain an overall authority to enforce the law, particularly
in terms of dealing with menacing dogs, which pose a threat to people and
an earlier report, Denny said he was pleased that they will now be working
alongside the police force to solve the dog problem.
Dog Registration and Animal Control Committee formed in April, 2021 consists of
representatives from the Cook Islands Police Service, Ministry of Agriculture,
Te Are Manu (Cook Islands) Inc., Cook Islands SPCA and Cook Islands Tourism.
It aims to strengthen the dog registration process and animal control in Rarotonga and establish a dog and animal control investment plan.
The committee also looks into community outreach programmes, a review of all legislation and regulation relating to dog registration, animal welfare and livestock, and to develop a Pa Enua animal welfare and livestock management plan.