Auckland Council’s Animal Management Annual Report 2021 – 2022 reveals the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tāmaki Makaurau’s dog population. Animal Management manager Elly Waitoa says Auckland’s known dog population has increased by 5% this year, with dog attacks increasing by a huge 20.3%. Meanwhile, the council’s three animal shelters have been bursting at the seams over the last year, and are still at capacity with many dogs available for adoption.