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Dog registration doorknock

18 December, 2018

Council is urging dog owners to ensure their pet’s details are up-to-date.

Cr Anne Maddern said the Council will start knocking on doors across the region from January to check dog owners have their animal registration information up to date.

“This year Council issued 16,707 dog registration renewals, but we are yet to hear back from 1,775 owners,” Cr Maddern said.

“Sometimes pet owners forget to update their registration details us when they move or their pet passes on. They should also update their details with the group that holds their pet’s microchip data.

“Registered dogs can be reunited with their owners very quickly which helps ensure that they don’t stay long in the pound.

“Pet owners can work with Council to cut the number of animals ending up in the pound by ensuring pets are registered and microchipped so they are returned home as quickly as possible if they stray.

“The registration fees help Council pay for the Animal Management staff who investigate the 12,000 animal complaints Council receives each year; as well as provide education programs and facilities such as the two pounds, fenced off-leashed areas and free doggy doo bags.

“Officers will also assess overgrown and unsightly allotments as they move around the region.”

The owners of an unregistered dog face fines of up to $261 for each animal on top of registration fees.

The inspection program will start on Monday, January 21 next year and finish on Saturday, June 29, 2019 with the majority of inspections completed by April.

Previous inspection programs have resulted in increased registration uptake and improved quality of the registration register.