DO YOUR BIT T O KEEP PETS S AFE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PET own­ers are b beingi urged ed to regis reg­is­ter their furry friends with Townsville City Coun­cil by the end of the month.

Al­most 37,000 dogs are reg­is­tered with the coun­cil, but of­fi­cials sus­pect there could be many more out there.

Dog reg­is­tra­tion num­bers have only moved a few hun­dred ei­ther way of 37,000 in the past three years, which has led to con­cerns there are many more not ac­counted for.

The coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Health and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair Cr Ann- Ma­ree Gre­aney said Townsville was a city of dog and cat lovers.

“Most pet own­ers do the right thing for their pets and part of that is en­sur­ing that their an­i­mals are reg­is­tered,” she said. “By … reg­is­ter­ing your pet, you give coun­cil an idea of how many an­i­mals are in the city which means we can pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture like dog parks.”

Dave and Sue Rice of Mount Louisa own three dogs and said hav­ing their dogs reg­is­tered gave them peace of mind, know­ing that if they got out of the yard, they could be iden­ti­fied.

“An un­reg­is­tered dog has a much greater risk of not mak­ing it back to its fam­ily,” Mr Rice said.

The penalty for hav­ing an un­reg­is­tered dog is $ 252. Reg­is­tra­tions are due by July 31 and can be made at a coun­cil of­fice at townsville. qld. gov. au

DANNI SHAFIK

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

PART OF FAM­ILY: Scott An­der­son with Har­low An­der­son, 3, and Henry ( cen­tre), and Lianna Rice, 18, ( left) with Nixon and Kad­di­son Rice, 13, ( right) with Nar­lah.

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