Rangers can waive fees
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.