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Is your pet registered?

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Have you registered your pet this year?

Thursday 1 August 2019

Mount Alexander Shire Council thanks all responsible pet owners who have registered their animals and is warning the owners of unregistered pets that they may face fines.

“Pet registrations were due in April yet there are still many unregistered pets in the community,” said Jeffry Amy, Coordinator Community Safety and Amenity, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“With pet registrations starting at $23, it’s a lot cheaper to register your pet than risk a $323 fine for each animal,” said Mr Amy.

By law, all dogs and cats over three months must be registered and microchipped.

“It’s very difficult for our Local Laws team to reunite an owner with a missing pet that is not microchipped and registered,” said Mr Amy.

“If you still haven’t registered your pet you’ll soon receive a final reminder notice in the post.

“We encourage you to not wait though – please get in touch with Council to arrange registration as soon as possible to avoid a fine,” he said.

“Our team will soon begin routine house checks where pets have been previously registered. If you’re found to have an unregistered pet you will be fined.

“We know that the majority of people love their pets. We urge everyone with a furry friend to do the right thing and register your beloved animal,” he said.

Pet registration fees go towards a range of services. These include the contract with our local shelter run by Mount Alexander Animal Welfare (MAAW), community dog bag dispensers and education programs, along with our Local Laws staff who collect and return stray animals to owners, investigate dog attacks, barking complaints and much more.

For more information regarding your pet registration please contact Council on 5471 1700.

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