Dog Working Status Application

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As defined in section 2 of the Dog Control Act 1996, "Working Dog" means:

(a) Any disability assist dog:

(b) Any dog –
  • (i) Kept by the Police or any constable, the Customs Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Fisheries or the Ministry of Defence, or any officer or employee of any such Department of State solely or principally for the purposes of carrying out the functions, powers and duties of the Police or the Department of State or that constable, officer, or employee; or

  • (ii) Kept solely or principally for the purposes of herding or driving stock (An Animal control Officer will need to observe your dog being able to demonstrate herding or driving stock); or

  • (iii) Kept by the Department of Conservation or any officer or employee of that Department solely or principally for the purposes or carrying out the functions, duties and powers of that Department; or

  • (iv) Kept solely or principally for the purposes of destroying pests or pest agents under any pest management strategy under the Bio‐security Act 1993; or

  • (iva) Kept by the Department of Corrections or any officer or employee of that Department solely or principally for the purposes of carrying out the functions, duties, and powers of that Department; or

  • (ivb) Kept by the Aviation Security Service established under section 72B(2)(ca) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, or any officer or employee of that Service solely or principally for the purposes of carrying out the functions, duties , and powers of that Service; or

  • (ivc) Certified for use by the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management for the purposes of carrying out the functions, duties, and powers conferred by the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002; or

  • (v) Owned by a security guard as defined in section 4 of the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act 1974 and kept solely or principally for the purposes of carrying on the business of a security guard; or

  • (vi) Declared by resolution of the Council to be a working dog for the purposes of this Act, or any dog of a class so declared by the authority, being a dog owned by any class of persons specified in the resolution and kept solely or principally for the purposes specified in the resolution, and includes any dog registered with the Council as a search and rescue dog

"Disability Assist Dog" means a dog certified by one of the following organisations as being a dog trained to assist (or as being a dog in training to assist) a person with a disability:
  • (a) Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand

  • (b) Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust;

  • (c) New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust;

  • (d) Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Incorporated;

  • (e) Assistance Dogs New Zealand;

  • (f) K9 Medical Detection New Zealand;

  • (g) Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust;

  • (h) An organisation specified in an Order in Council made under section 78D;

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