Pet registrations are now due
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.