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Council to go on rego drive

Wednesday, 30th October, 2013

By Emily Roberts

City Council is holding a door knock in the last couple of weeks in November that is sure to get tails wagging.

The aim is to educate people about the importance of registering their dogs.

Council’s Manager of Sustainability, Peter Oldsen, said animal control officers will visit houses at random across the city.

“If that household has dogs the officers will ask the question, ‘Have you registered your dogs?.”

The officers will then provide details and information about registration and the benefits of it.

“Registering dogs allows animal control to be able to manage lost or stray dogs much more effectively and efficiently, returning dogs to their rightful owners and avoiding putting dogs in the pound,” Mr Oldsen said.

“This could come at cost to the owner and, in some instances if the owner cannot be found, costs are left with Council.

“If your dog is not desexed the fine is $165. If your dog is not registered the fine is $165.

“Registering dogs is responsible pet ownership.” 

The cost of registration is $150 per dog. If the dog is desexed it is $40.

Pension and concession card holders also receive a discount rate of $15 if the dog is desexed. Registration lasts for the life of the dog.

More people were getting the message and registrations were up this year, Mr Oldsen .

“Registrations figures are around 1200,” he said.

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