Just two animal control officers employed by Armourguard to cover Kaipara are responding to hundreds of complaints of wandering dogs in Dargaville alone.

The Kaipara District Council (KDC) has admitted its contracted dog control services may not be meeting community needs following a spate of complaints that culminated in a petition calling for action.

Understaffing and travelling distances, it said, may be contributing to a perceived lack of services by its animal control contractor, Armourguard.

KDC spokesman Ben Hope said Armourguard has one day officer and another for night duties, and two back-up officers were available from Whangārei if required.

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