Pooch pa­trol in force

The Western Star - - News -

FOR the next two months, coun­cil will in­spect prop­er­ties in search of un­reg­is­tered dogs with on the spot fines ready to go.

The Se­lec­tive In­spec­tion Pro­gram has com­menced, with the pro­gram run­ning from Mon­day, Septem­ber 2 to Fri­day, Novem­ber 29.

In­spec­tions may oc­cur in premises sit­u­ated within the town­ships of Amby, In­june, Jackson, Mitchell, Muckadilla, Mun­gal­lala, Roma, Su­rat, Wal­lum­billa and Yuleba.

Com­mu­nity Safety councillor Puddy Chan­dler said the pro­gram would en­cour­age all an­i­mal own­ers to reg­is­ter their pets.

“Time is run­ning out, please en­sure your pet is reg­is­tered to avoid a fine. Hav­ing your pet reg­is­tered means re­unit­ing is eas­ier if your pet was ever to get lost,” Cr Chan­dler said.

Last year’s Se­lec­tive In­spec­tion Pro­gram was suc­cess­ful, re­sult­ing in 321 new reg­is­tra­tions and 408 reg­is­tra­tion re­newals – a 53 per cent in­crease on the 2017 pro­gram.

With the in­spec­tions hav­ing com­menced this week, coun­cil has ed­u­cated res­i­dents about re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship prior to the pro­gram to help re­duce the amount of fines is­sued this year.

Coun­cil records in­di­cate that there are 369 out­stand­ing re­newals.

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