Regis­ter your pets

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Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil is re­mind­ing all re­spon­si­ble pet own­ers to regis­ter their cats and dogs and pay the re­newals by April 10.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil cit­i­zens’ ser­vices man­ager Lau­ri­enne Win­banks said keep­ing your pet’s reg­is­tra­tion cur­rent en­sured you could be con­tacted should your an­i­mal find it­self off your prop­erty.

‘‘It’s also a great time to make sure we have your most up-to-date ad­dress and con­tact de­tails,’’ she said.

Ms Win­banks ex­plained that reg­is­tra­tion fees cov­ered more than just the cost of re­u­nit­ing lost an­i­mals with their own­ers.

‘‘The reg­is­tra­tion fees also help cover the cost of coun­cil ser­vices to re­spond to calls about wan­der­ing dogs or dog at­tacks, or nui­sance is­sues, such as bark­ing dogs, con­trol of dan­ger­ous breeds, mon­i­tor­ing pet shops and ken­nels, breed­ing busi­nesses and our an­i­mal shel­ter.

‘‘For those reg­is­ter­ing a pet for the first time, to re­ceive the re­duced fee your an­i­mal must be de-sexed and mi­crochipped or over 10 years of age, be­long to a do­mes­tic an­i­mal busi­ness or ap­pli­ca­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, or be a dog that has un­der­gone train­ing or is a work­ing dog.’’

Ms Win­banks stressed that every dog and cat over the age of three months must be reg­is­tered.

‘‘Not only is it the law, but it as­sists your an­i­mal as well,’’ she said.

Coun­cil of­fers free reg­is­tra­tion for pup­pies and kit­tens less than six months of age.

New cat or dog reg­is­tra­tions need to be done in per­son at coun­cil of­fices in Wels­ford St, Shep­par­ton.

Re­newals can be paid on the coun­cil web­site or by us­ing BPay, in per­son or by mail.

www.greater­shep­par­ton.com.au

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