Rangers can waive fees

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

CITY of Wan­neroo rangers now have the power to waive a $300 vol­un­tary sur­ren­der fee on the spot for own­ers of dogs in­volved in se­ri­ous at­tacks.

The City has changed its fees and charges to speed up the process of sur­ren­der­ing dogs that pose a “sig­nif­i­cant risk”, re­mov­ing the need for the com­mu­nity safety and emer­gency man­ager to waive the fees.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fe­bru­ary coun­cil re­port, the sur­ren­der fee for 2017-18 was $300 and pre­vi­ously au­tho­rised of­fi­cers could seek the man­ager’s ap­proval to waive it when the owner of a dog in­volved in a se­ri­ous at­tack agreed to sur­ren­der the pet in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

The sur­ren­der fee in­cludes the de­struc­tion of the dog. “If the fee waiver is ap­proved, the of­fi­cer must re­turn to the owner’s prop­erty and take pos­ses­sion of the an­i­mal.

“The de­lay… pro­vides own­ers the op­por­tu­nity to change their minds.”

Cri­te­ria for a ranger to waive the fees in­clude that the dog has been in­volved in an at­tack caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury or death to a hu­man or an­i­mal, or caus­ing in­jury on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

The $300 fee will still ap­ply to dogs sur­ren­dered in other cir­cum­stances.

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