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Pet registration fines conditionally waived

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Council has decided, as it has done in other years, to conditionally waive fines for those who have yet to renew their pet registration.

If you are a pet owner who has yet to register your cat or dog, and you wish to have the fine waived, you must contact us by August 30 and:

  • confirm or update your contact details including mobile phone number, email and street address
  • pay your 2019/2020 pet registration

You can do this by visiting the Civic Centre at 25 Liebig Street or by calling 5559 4800.

If you have already paid your fine, please contact us to update your contact details, and you will be reimbursed.

All pet owners who have yet to pay their pet registration will receive a letter outlining the above conditions.

Any pet registrations that remain unpaid after August 30 will be forwarded to Infringements Victoria.

The tracking and management of local animals, while overseen by Council, is largely regulated by a State law, the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Pet cat and dog registration renewals are required by the April 10 every year under this Act. 

Council takes this responsibility seriously and every year goes to considerable lengths to ensure animal registrations are paid and residents are reminded to do so.

Council receives reports of more than one dog attack per month. Dog registration helps reduce the risk of these attacks, which can be deadly.

So, what do you get for your pet registration?

A percentage of each registration goes to the State Government.

It helps pay for dog poo bags and dispensers, the animal pound, individualised registration tags for each of your registered dogs and cats, animal management staff to support the collection and return of stray animals to owners.

Staff to attend to nuisance complaints such as barking complaints, cat and dog trespassing; dog attack/bite/rushing incidents and patrols of parks, beaches and streets.

It is important to know that when our Local Laws officers collect a stray animal they first attempt to return the animal to its owner before resorting to take it to the pound.

 

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