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Don’t get caught out, register your dog before 31 July

20 July 2015

As Western Downs Regional Council’s regular Approved Animal Inspection Program to monitor compliance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 continues across the region, now’s the time to take advantage of the $10 discount on offer by registering your dog on or before Friday 31 July.

Spokesperson for Environmental Health Councillor Greg Olm said that Council routinely conducts Approved Inspection Programs to make sure pet owners across the region are meeting their legislative requirements as owners.

“One of the simplest ways to ensure you’re meeting your obligations under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, as well as your responsibilities as an owner is through registration,” he said.

“From now until Thursday 31 December, Council will be conducting its second round of the 2015 Approved Inspection Program, and we are encouraging residents to register their canine companions during the registration renewal period this month to take advantage of the discount on offer.

“All puppies over 12 weeks old must be registered with Council and 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.

“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.”

Cr Olm said that for the duration of the program, Local Laws Officers will be systematically visiting all properties across the region for compliance.

“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,” he said.

“However, Local Laws Officers need to follow a set of strict rules and regulations when conducting these inspections. This includes introducing themselves with photo identification if residents are at home. If however residents aren’t home, Local Laws Officers will only enter a property if there’s reasonable suspicion that there are dogs on the property despite Council’s records showing that there are no dogs registered at that address.”

Residents can register their dog at any time during the year at any of Council’s Customer Service Centres.

For more information on responsible pet ownership and Approved Inspection Programs, visit www.wdrc.qld.gov.au/web/guest/animal-management1 or call 1300 COUNCIL.

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