Dog reg­is­tra­tion re­newal re­minders sent to res­i­dents

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

AS PET own­ers we all need to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity when tak­ing on a fam­ily pet, look­ing af­ter and car­ing for our dogs can be dif­fi­cult and de­mand­ing with you pups.

More than 4700 dog reg­is­tra­tion re­newal re­minders were re­cently mailed to res­i­dents fol­low­ing poor reg­is­tra­tion num­bers for the 2016 – 2017 reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Health and Reg­u­la­tory Ser­vices port­fo­lio spokesper­son Cr Peter Heuser said this num­ber of re­newal re­minders rep­re­sented more than 30 per cent of the to­tal 15,000 dog reg­is­tra­tions in coun­cil’s sys­tem from last year’s reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod.

“The re­sponse to dog reg­is­tra­tion re­newals has been very dis­ap­point­ing and will ul­ti­mately re­sult in higher costs for coun­cil and there­fore the com­mu­nity,” Cr Heuser said.

“There are ad­di­tional costs for coun­cil to send out such a large num­ber of re­minder no­tices and the staff time in­volved in fol­low­ing up on these.

“An in­creased num­ber of un­reg­is­tered dogs can also re­sult in com­pli­ca­tions at our an­i­mal man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties with im­pounded an­i­mals re­quired to be kept longer if we can­not im­me­di­ately iden­tify and con­tact pet own­ers.

“There may be le­git­i­mate rea­sons why a num­ber of these reg­is­tra­tion re­newals have not been acted on. If your an­i­mal has passed away or you have moved dur­ing the last reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod we urge res­i­dents to pass these de­tails on to coun­cil.”

Cr Heuser said the ad­di­tional ex­pense of seek­ing dog reg­is­tra­tion pay­ment may force the coun­cil to take stronger ac­tion to re­coup the costs.

“Dog reg­is­tra­tion fees fund a por­tion of coun­cil’s an­i­mal man­age­ment ser­vices in­clud­ing the up­keep of an­i­mal man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties and our abil­ity to re­spond to an­i­mal nui­sance re­quests such as roam­ing and bark­ing dogs and al­leged dog at­tacks,” he said.

“To re­coup these costs, we would re­luc­tantly look to im­pose en­force­ment mea­sures on the own­ers of un­reg­is­tered dogs.

“All of the re­gion’s dog own­ers need to take an equal share in as­sist­ing to fund an­i­mal man­age­ment ser­vices.”

Cr Heuser said the coun­cil had worked to en­sure reg­is­tra­tion fees were as af­ford­able as pos­si­ble for dog own­ers.

“An­nual reg­is­tra­tion fees for a de-sexed and mi­cro-chipped dog are sig­nif­i­cantly lower than stan­dard reg­is­tra­tion fees and rep­re­sent the most af­ford­able op­tion for dog own­ers,” he said.

“As such, we were pleased to once again sup­port the RSPCA Op­er­a­tion Wanted cam­paign this year of­fer­ing free reg­is­tra­tion for the 2016 – 2017 reg­is­tra­tion pe­riod for any dog own­ers who took ad­van­tage of the dis­counted de-sex­ing fees at lo­cal vets.”

To regis­ter your dog, head to any coun­cil ser­vice cen­tre, call 1300 883 699 or sub­mit pay­ment via the var­i­ous meth­ods listed on your dog reg­is­tra­tion re­newal no­tice.

For more in­for­ma­tion head to bund­aberg.qld.

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