Subsidised desexing and microchipping of dogs with a menacing classification is being offered by the Kapiti Coast District Council.
The initiative is part of the Government's national strategy to reduce the risk and harm of dog attacks.
Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says it's a good opportunity for owners of menacing dogs to have their pets neutered or spayed for a nominal fee.
"We're contacting owners of known menacing dogs in the district to advise them on how to be part of the initiative and also encouraging owners of dogs that are not on our database to take advantage of the opportunity," she says.
"Desexing and microchipping our pets is all part of ensuring the welfare and responsible ownership of animals. It also benefits the wider community by reducing the number of roaming and aggressive dogs, as well as the spread of canine disease."
The Council's animal management team works with Kāpiti dog owners about dog safety, risk minimisation, housing, fencing and safe exercise.
"We have an ongoing focus on education and risk prevention with animals and this desexing programme is another part of that service for dog owners and our wider community," Ms Muir says.
The Council is able to offer desexing at a reduced cost as a result of its successful application to the Government's funding pool of $850,000 for local authorities to implement neutering programmes. Last year, Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston announced the national plan to reduce the risk of dog attacks.
Dogs can be classed as menacing if they are seen as, or are reported to be, posing a threat to people, stock, poultry, domestic animals or wildlife.
There are also five breeds of dogs automatically classed as menacing – the Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario and the Pit Bull type.
Dog owners who wish to take advantage of this offer should contact the Council to confirm eligibility of their dog for neutering and microchipping under the programme.