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Rego check begins

Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

Ranger Geoff Creed and Animal Control Officer Alicia Stewart. Ranger Geoff Creed and Animal Control Officer Alicia Stewart.

By Emily Roberts

The animal registration door-knock starts this week but hundreds of locals have been rushing to sign up before it began.

Council animal control officer Alicia Stewart said they were encouraging people to have their registration paper work ready.

“If people have registered their animals recently, have the paper work available. It’s not necessary but it is helpful,” Ms Stewart said.

“Registration is for life. Animals have to be micro-chipped from three months of age or before they are sold or given away.

“Then they must be registered from six months of age.”

Ms Stewart said there had been “a massive influx” of registrations in past fortnight.

“They go well into the thousands. Hundreds of people are coming in every day to register their pets. It’s a great response and good to see the public are getting all organised.”

Ms Stewart said if they come across unregistered or pets that are not micro-chipped, owners may face fines.

“We will have three rangers out and about and one more in the office collating all the data,” she said. “If no one is home and there is evidence of breaches the property will be re-visited.”

If people were worried about strangers’ door-knocking, Ms Stewart said the rangers would have identification badges.

“Section 69 of the Companion Animals Act allows us to enter properties and check animals.

“The only thing we need to do is give notice and we have done that in a number of ways.”

Mayor Wincen Cuy said it was important for people to respect the rangers.

“I would like to see the community welcome this as a positive initiative. It has to be done,” he said.

“There was a call for Council to be proactive and take action on dog control. This registration drive is a positive measure.”

Mayor Cuy said they were working to enforce the law.

“We are just enforcing a State Government legislative requirement.”

Council is holding the door knock to educate people about the importance of registering animals.

“I would like to ask that people make sure they treat those door-knocking with respect,” Mayor Cuy said. “These people have a job to do.

“Treat them the way you would want your son, daughter or relative to be treated if they were doing that job.”

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