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Loose dogs

We have recently returned from Rarotonga for our annual holiday (for the past 5 years) and have noticed the increase in stray dogs roaming the beach and roads. Don't take this the wrong way, we both like dogs but this has the potential to become a real problem if numbers increase. Raro is definitely a real paradise but not if there are packs of dogs roaming the beaches!

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11. Re: Loose dogs

Another thing you can do is write to Cook Island News in the 'Letters to the Editor 'index. This helps to get your concerns out there for many to see and there is a better chance of something being done about it. Being a dog lover myself i would hate to see them 'over decline' as they are such a part of many people visits to Rarotonga. I must say they are not missed in Aitutaki and you do notice the quiet "no barking" when you are there.

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12. Re: Loose dogs

" I must say they are not missed in Aitutaki and you do notice the quiet "no barking" when you are there"

yes, the roosters' crows must be drowning the barking out.

;-)

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13. Re: Loose dogs

I'm just wondering why aren't there any dogs on Aitutaki?

Is there a ban on them? Can you not take dogs to Aitutaki.

Just curious - do they have cats on Aitutaki?

Sorry if I appear to be asking silly questions, but I have only ever done the day trip to Aitutaki, & didn't really notice the lack of dogs, but having stayed on Raro I have noticed the abundance of our 4 legged friends.

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14. Re: Loose dogs

Yes there are cats on Aitutaki.

There are at least 3 stories as to why there are no dogs on Aitutaki. Any or none of which may be true.

First story is that they ate them all - probably not true.

Next is during the 1920s and 30s there was an outbreak of leprosy on Aitutaki - true. And the story is that the locals thought the dogs were the vector spreading the disease and so they were killed.

Last, and the story most people say is true, is that years ago - so long that no one can remember who or when - one of the Ariki (chiefs) had a daughter that was attacked by a dog so they were all banned from the island.

If a yacht calls in to Aitutaki with a dog on board it is not allowed ashore.

One interesting story is that a few years ago there was suspicion of some pot plantations on Aitutaki and the police wanted to bring their drug dog over from Raro. Dogs are against the law on Aitutaki so it wasn't a dog that came over, it was a four legged police officer.

So, dogs allowed unless they are wearing a police badge.

Edited: 11:35 am, June 01, 2012
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15. Re: Loose dogs

Sorry, that last sentence should have read 'NO dogs allowed unless wearing a police badge.'

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17. Re: Loose dogs

There are several more versions of the dog-less situation on Aitutaki.

One is that a dog was brought onto the island suffering from ?dog distemper or similar. The disease spread so the entire dog population was eliminated.

I hear what you are saying about the crowing roosters, Lien!

Love the little tale about the sniffer dog, Puapii. So... pin a badge upon a dog collar and call it an officer!

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18. Re: Loose dogs

Thanks Puapii, very interesting.

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20. Re: Loose dogs

NZpaua, it must have been a frightening experience for you.

We had noticed last September that not only had the number of dogs on the beaches increased from the previous year but also that the dogs appeared to be much more territorial & aggressive towards each other.

Whilst the Esther Honey people do a wonderful job with their attempts to neuter all animals, this action depends on the animal owners requesting this to be done & it would appear that this is no longer happening as the numbers are definately increasing.

Perhaps it's time that the CI Government once again employed a dog catcher to impound these animals & charge the owner a fee to retrieve them. This may then make irresponsible dog owners keep their dogs under control by making it financially unattractive to own a dog.

It would be a real shame to see Rarotonga end up the same as Samoa.

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