Pet registrations are now due

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

MANS­FIELD Shire Coun­cil is re­mind­ing all res­i­dents that pay­ment for pet registrations is due next month.

Re­newal no­tices have been sent out and res­i­dents who cur­rently have an­i­mals reg­is­tered with coun­cil should re­ceive their 2017-18 no­tices in the com­ing days.

As coun­cil is now is­su­ing life­time tags for pets, all those who re­ceived reg­is­tra­tion tags last year can keep them on their pet, pro­vid­ing reg­is­tra­tion is kept up to date and paid an­nu­ally.

For all those with new pets, reg­is­tra­tion tags will be pro­vided.

“Pet own­ers who don’t yet have their an­i­mals reg­is­tered with coun­cil are en­cour­aged to do so now,” said Mans­field Shire Coun­cil de­vel­op­ment ser­vices man­ager, Michael Bis­mire.

“The process to reg­is­ter your pet is sim­ple.

“An­i­mal reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able on coun­cil’s web­site or at the coun­cil of­fices.

“This year, coun­cil has in­tro­duced on-line pay­ments and BPay to make it even eas­ier to pay an­i­mal registrations.”

Dis­counted fees ap­ply to cats and dogs that are de­sexed, reg­is­tered with an ap­proved as­so­ci­a­tion (Dogs Vic­to­ria or equiv­a­lent), dogs that have un­der­gone obe­di­ence train­ing with an ap­proved or­gan­i­sa­tion, and an­i­mals over 10 years of age.

Dogs on ru­ral prop­er­ties that fall into the cat­e­gory of work­ing stock dogs can also be reg­is­tered at a dis­counted rate.

Con­ces­sion rates ap­ply for own­ers who hold an ap­pro­pri­ate pen­sion con­ces­sion card.

Pet own­ers need to re­mem­ber that all dogs and cats be­ing reg­is­tered for the first time must be mi­crochipped - this reg­u­la­tion also ap­plies to pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered dogs and cats that move into Mans­field Shire from an­other mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“While it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to have your dogs and cats reg­is­tered, do­ing so also gives you the peace of mind that your pet can be iden­ti­fied and re­turned to you quickly should it be­come lost,” said Mr Bis­mire.

The owner of a dog or cat who fails to reg­is­ter his or her an­i­mal may be li­able to a fine for each un­reg­is­tered an­i­mal.

If you have ques­tions re­gard­ing pet reg­is­tra­tion please con­tact coun­cil on 5775 8555.

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