Council's Local Law Enforcement Officers will conduct a three month Selective Inspection Program throughout the Maranoa region, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and as part of Council's Animal Management Program.
Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Community Safety said pet registration is an important part of responsible pet ownership.
"Registration provides Council with information regarding the type and number of dogs located at premises throughout the Maranoa region and enables lost pets that have been impounded to be reunited with their owners quickly," Cr Chandler said.
The importance of the animal registration program is highlighted by the fact that, at present, almost 950 of the 2,049 dogs on Council's records have not been registered for the 2018-19 financial year.
Pet owners are encouraged to inform Council of changes to their address, of the passing away or departure from the area of their animals. Owners can also ensure their animals are microchipped and make sure their contact details are up to date to help Council to return impounded pets quickly.
The majority of impounded animals are unregistered, showing the importance of the inspection program in achieving compliance among pet owners throughout the region. Abiding by Council's and the State Government's pet regulations also minimises the number of animal-related complaints to Council and assists in the reduction of disturbances within the community.
Council encourages all pet owners to register their animals. Those identified during the inspection program as failing to comply with this requirement may face an infringement notice with a $261 fine. With registration fees for a desexed, microchipped dog only $25, if you haven't already, please register your dog today.
For more information about the Selective Inspection Program, please contact Council's Community Safety Team on 1300 007 662.