Being a responsible pet owner and registering your cats and dogs with council is not only a requirement by law, it also helps reunite owners with their lost pets quickly, prevents animal attacks and nuisance complaints and keep pets safe.
With reminder notices for the new animal registration period going out now, council’s local laws team is door-knocking those who haven’t renewed for more than a year.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important the council followed up with those residents who had not renewed their animal registrations last year.
‘‘Animal registrations are a really important part of being a responsible pet owner. If your pet ever escapes and gets lost, being microchipped and registered with council gives you the best chance possible of being reunited with your animal quickly,’’ Cr Sanderson said.
‘‘Animal registrations also help fund vital services such as our 24-hour after-hours service and proactive responsible pet ownership programs to help reduce animal attacks and nuisance complaints and encourage people to take good care of their pets.’’
All dogs and cats over three months old are required to be registered and microchipped. Under the Domestic Animal Act, those who do not register their animals can face fines of $311.
Increasing the number of animals that are registered and microchipped across the shire is one of the key focus areas of the council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan, which is currently out for community feedback.
The council is also looking for community members to nominate for the Domestic Animal Management Plan Consultative Committee, which will oversee the rollout of the plan over the next four years.
To view the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan and have your say or to nominate for the committee, visit www.engaging mitchellshire.com
For more information on animal registrations, including downloadable forms to register an animal, visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call 5734 6200.