Missing LGOIMA # 3913482 on legal rights of Animal Management Officers

Leo Exel made this Official Information request to Far North District Council

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From: Leo Exel

Dear Far North District Council,

I do not seem to have a response to my query of 27 September, 2018, LGOIMA # 3913482?

Thank you

Leonie Exel
BOI Watchdogs

From: CE Office
Sent: Thursday, 27 September 2018 5:35 PM
To: Leonie Exel
Cc: Shaun Clarke; CE Office
Subject: RE: Legal rights of AMO's

Good afternoon Leonie,

On behalf of the CEO Office we have received your email and has been brought to Shaun’s attention. This has been lodged as a LGOMIA as RFS 3913482 as per your request.



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From: Leonie Exel
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2018 12:35 PM
To: Shaun Clarke
Subject: Legal rights of AMO's

Dear Shaun,

We write under LGOIMA in relation to the FNDC press release of 18 September, 2018, entitled “Council Launches Dog Registration Checks”.

Would you please provide information on Council’s understanding of the legal right for Animal Management Officers to enter properties in a manner as outlined in that press release.

We understand Animal Management Officers (AMOs) do not in fact have a legal right to "visit homes on randomly-selected streets ... to update records and check that dog registrations are current", or to provide unsolicited advice.

We look forward to your clarification of this.

Leonie Exel

The BOI Watchdogs

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From: Ask Us Team
Far North District Council

Kia ora Leonie,
We apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

I am able to update you on the status of RFS-3913482. You requested an
explanation of the councils understanding regarding the rights for Animal
Control Officers to enter properties. Our legal officer advised that this
was not official information based on you requesting an explanation and
asked our Animal Control Department to respond. Our Animal Control
Department have advised that Officers warranted under the Dog Control Act
1996 have powers of entry under that Act. Also the general law recognises
that any person, including a dog control officer, has an implied licence
(or permission) to enter onto private land for the purpose of making a
reasonable enquiry of the occupier.

We thank you for taking the time to contact us. Please do not hesitate to
visit our website for more information [1]www.fndc.govt.nz, call our
friendly customer service staff on 0800 920 029 or 09 4015 200 or email
[2][Far North District Council request email].

Naku noa,


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District Services
Far North District Council  
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