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Dogs in DCC Cemeteries Survey

This survey provided feedback on the 12 month trial of allowing leashed dogs in DCC cemeteries. The feedback will help inform a report to Council about whether to continue allowing leashed dogs in DCC cemeteries.

Some of the key findings were:

  • A majority of the panellists (80%) have visited a DCC owned cemetery in the last 12 months.
  • A majority of the panellists (82%) have noticed an increase in dog numbers in cemeteries, while only about a quarter of the panellists noticed an increase in dog fouling in cemeteries.
  • A little over half of the panellists (56%) thought that dog owners have been abiding by the rules of keeping dogs on leash. A number of panellists (40%) were unsure whether dog owners are abiding by the rules, and a small number of panellists (5%) thought dog owners were not abiding by the rules.
  • A large majority of the panellists (84%) felt that dogs should continue to be allowed access to DCC owned cemeteries. 12% of the panellists thought that dogs should not be allowed, while a small number of panellists (4%) were unsure.
  • Most of the panellists felt that they were not affected directly by the change. Some panellists did say that they were affected, however it was noted that it is a positive effect as they were able to take their dogs to the cemeteries.
  • General comments about the change included keeping the rules as is and that they were happy with it. Other comments included relaxing the enforcement more to allow unleashed dogs, better enforcement/management of rules, and allowing dogs to be in the Dunedin Botanic Garden.

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