During this period, there were 15 reported attacks on people, all injured from minor nips to bites, and 33 attacks on livestock and other animals resulting in deaths, mainly pigs and goats. PHOTO: CI NEWS.
Police say they’re taking the issue of dog control ‘very seriously’ after further reports of dog attacks this week.
who is retired and lives in the Cook Islands for about four months in the year,
reported that he was attacked by a dog near Nikao on Wednesday.
“I was travelling
on my bike, and I noticed about six people near the High Commission Complex
near the Social Centre,” Stephenson said.
“My bike was
stationary, about 10 metres away from this group, when a dog leaped out and bit
“I had never been
bitten by a dog before, so obviously it was a bit of a shock.”
Not too long after
that, he noticed someone driving away in a vehicle which looked like it had the
dog inside it. Stephenson took down the registration number of the vehicle and
subsequently passed it off to the police.
He went to the
hospital to have his injuries dressed, and has since had to go back twice to
the clinic to get it redressed.
“It bled quite
badly, and I’m out of action for about a week. It’s more annoying than anything
else, but I would hate this to happen to a tourist,” Stephenson said.
Trevor Pitt said police data confirms 87 complaints from
March to September.
cover the full range of issues – roaming, noisy barking, charging, and
attacking,” Pitt said.
this period, there were 15 reported attacks on people, all injured from minor
nips to bites, and 33 attacks on livestock and other animals resulting in
deaths, mainly pigs and goats.
remain concerned about dog control despite the increased awareness about the
problem over past months. Our Dog Ranger is attending to these complaints on a
daily basis,” Pitt said.
month (October), the attacks have continued – including another tourist getting
bitten. Police are doing their best to deal with menacing dogs and also bring
the strays problem under better control. Dogs are being put down, regularly.”
Pitt said the registration of dogs
has also dropped off from an initial rush back in April.
will need to provide proof of registration if asked so it’s in their interests
to ensure the dog(s) is tagged. A collar is not proof,” Pitt said.
and Animal Control Committee spokesperson Christian Mani said dog owners are required
to register their dogs with Cook Islands Police (CIPS).
costs $50 for male dog and $60 for female dog. We have been advertising on
CITV, radio stations and social media to remind the public about having their
dogs registered with CIPS,” he said.
He said dogs are microchipped
when they are desexed.