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The New Year kicks off Approved Inspection Program for 2016

21 December 2015

Western Downs Regional Council commences round one of its annual Animal Management Approved Inspection Program on Friday 1 January 2016, which operates across the region until Wednesday 30 June 2016.

  • Getting to know your obligations is an important part of responsible pet ownership, understanding the following legal requirements will ensure your dog and community is kept happy and safe:
  • All puppies over 12 weeks old must be registered;
  • If you’ve recently welcomed an older dog into the family, you must register them with Council within two weeks of becoming their new owner;
  • Under the provisions of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, Local Laws Officers are allowed to exercise additional powers to enter private properties during the period of the Approved Inspection Program;
  • Besides meeting your legal obligations, a key benefit for registering your dog is that Council will be able to quickly and easily arrange for lost animals to be returned to their rightful home and reunited with their owners.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said that Council conducts Approved Inspection Programs to ensure that pet owners are registering their canine companions and meeting their obligations under the Act.

“Previous inspection programs have proven successful in increasing dog registration across the region resulting in an increase in the number of lost pets Council has been able to return to their owners,” he said.

Cr Olm suggests that dog owners take the time now to check whether their pet is registered.

“If your dog is not registered, I strongly encourage pet owners to get in now and register their dog as the Local Law Officers will be systematically checking all residential, multiple occupancy, rural residential and small town properties for compliance for the duration of the program,” he said.

“Local Laws Officers are required to conduct themselves accordingly which includes introducing themselves with photo identification if residents are at home. If residents are not at home, Local Laws Officers will only enter a property if there is reasonable suspicion that there are dogs on the property, and Council’s records show that no dogs are registered at that address.”

For more information contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 1300 COUNCIL or visit http://www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/living-here/animal-management/responsible-pet-ownership/.

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