THE Fraser Coast’s dog inspection program will get underway in May.
The program will run from 4 May 2022 until the end of October.
Fraser Coast Regional Council staff and contractors will visit homes across the region between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
While officers hope to complete the inspection without having to enter a property, they do have power under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 to enter a property.
If you have not reregistered your pet, or your pet’s details have changed, especially if it has passed away, you can contact Council on 1300 79 49 29.
Division 10 Councillor Zane O’Keefe said registering dogs was beneficial for owners.
“If an animal is found wandering or is taken to the pound, registered dogs can be reunited with their owners very quickly,” Cr O’Keefe said.
“It’s harder to reunite dogs with their owners when they are unregistered or not microchipped, or the information on the microchip is out of date.
“It is important those details are kept up to date with Council and the group that holds their pet’s microchip data.”
Owners found with an unregistered dog are liable for the $275 fine and the cost of registration.
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Registration fees help pay for animal management staff and a number of other services.
These include: education programs and facilities such as the two pounds, fenced off-leash areas and free dog litter bags that are placed in dispensers along the foreshore and at dog parks.
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Meanwhile, Council issued some 20,000 dog registration notices last year.
The good news is that just less than 10 per cent of owners have not registered their pets.
Residents with new dogs do not pay for their first registration in the Fraser Coast region.
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