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For many of us our dogs are our best friends, but we all know the potential for any dog to bite and cause nasty injury. Too many children are being bitten by dogs and lifestyle block dogs are just as likely to be the culprits as any other. Sometimes it's the dog's fault, but other times the owner of the dog or the person bitten is mainly to blame.
It's two years since the Animal Welfare Code of Welfare for Dogs was released, and I wonder how many of you are aware of it and its requirements of you as a dog owner? Its requirements (standards) have significant legal 'clout'. Most of us are responsible dog owners and we already meet all the requirements of the Code.
Did you know that as a cat owner, you are legally obliged to take proper care of your cat? New Zealand has both a law (the Animal Welfare Act) and complementary standards (in the Code of Welfare for Companion Cats) that set out our obligations.