11 July 2019
He is cute, fluffy, a little mischievous and loves fruit. He is also the winner of this year’s free dog registration for life.
Eight-year-old Swedish Vallhund, Eddie and his owner Deborah Hamilton are the winners of Waipa District Council’s top prize thanks to Deborah having registered Eddie before 30 June.
All Waipā dog owners who registered their furry friends before the end of June cut-off date were automatically entered into the draw.
“We were very happy to hear we had won,” Hamilton said. “Eddie is a very loyal, loud dog who has lots of energy and is very protective of our family.”
Since registrations opened on 1 June, almost 5,500 dogs have been registered. Around 3,080 dog registrations are still outstanding.
Council compliance manager, Karl Tutty said it was great to see so many owners had registered their dogs, but encouraged those who hadn’t to get onto it and avoid a penalty.
“Congratulations to Eddie and Deborah on winning free registration for life, it is a great prize going to a well-deserving, proactive dog owner.
“I strongly encourage the remaining dog owners who haven’t registered to get it sorted. Leaving it to the last minute could result in the deadline being missed and penalty fees being added to the registration costs.”
Tutty said registration fees fund Council’s 24-hour dog control service, contribute towards administration costs and maintain pound facilities and exercise areas.
Dog owners have until 31 July to register their dogs. On 1 August a 50 per cent penalty fee is added to the registration fee.
Registrations can be made online at waipadc.govt.nz/dogs or in person at Council offices.