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Dog owners urged to register and avoid penalties

11 September 2018

Unregistered dog owners have been given a reprieve with Wattle Range Council offering them extra days to pay their registration before late fees will apply. September 15 will be the last day to pay and avoid the additional charge.

Council’s Director Development Services, Steve Chapple explains the process: “This year owners received their new lifetime tag in a state-wide mailout from the Dog and Cat Management Board.

“They were then given until 31 August to go online or contact their Council office in person or by telephone, using the renewal code provided to pay their annual registration and complete the process.

“Owners are required to update their registration details and must make payment to avoid Council taking further action, including fines. Anyone requiring assistance to renew their registration is urged to visit a Council office” Mr Chapple said.

From 1 July 2018 the Dog and Cat Management Act requires all dogs and cats to be microchipped. All dogs born after July 1 of this year also need to be desexed unless an exemption has been granted.

Desexed and microchipped dogs attract a reduced registration fee as an incentive to comply.

Discounted microchipping was again offered in the Council region at a ChipBlitz day held in Penola on August 19. Over 580 dogs and cats were chipped on the day. “Council would like to thank the volunteers who travelled from near and far to assist on the day,” Mr Chapple said.

“It was a successful day thanks to the preparation and manner of the friendly and professional ChipBlitz volunteers, along with the co-operation of those in attendance.”

More information on the changes to legislation along with the state-wide registration database can be found online at www.dogandcatboard.com.au

 

 

 

For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0900

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