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New animal control team . . . Sean Quinn (left) and Gary Woods, a nationally reknowned dog triallist, with his champion sheepdogs. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By ROBYN BRISTOW

An enhanced dog and stock control service has started in the Hurunui District Council with Sean Quinn being employed to do the day-to-day animal management.

Sean who has previously been employed as a dog handler for New Zealand Customs (12 years) and a constable in both the New Zealand and London Police, is passionate about animals and has a strong community focus.

The council says having Sean on board will allow it to pro-actively police the dog control programme including carrying out routine monitoring and patrols.

It will also mean the council can offer education programmes in Hurunui district schools and libraries to help children to stay “dog safe”.

Gary Woods, who has provided the animal control to date, will be contracted to work after hours to ensure an effective 24-hour, seven-day service is still on offer to the community.

The service will include picking up lost dogs or responding to wandering stock and giving care and training advice to individuals.