Council Begins animal Inspections Shortly

Maranoa Regional Council will be undertaking this year’s annual door-to-door dog registration and regulated dog inspection program in August.

Council’s Local Law Enforcement Officers will conduct the three-month Selective Inspection Program throughout the Maranoa region.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Community Safety says pet registration is an important part of responsible pet ownership.

“Registration provides Council with information regarding the type and number of dogs located at premises throughout the Maranoa region and enables lost pets that have been impounded to be reunited with their owners quickly.”

At present, almost 950 of the 2,049 dogs on Council’s records have not been registered for the 2018-19 financial year.

Councillor Chndler says pet owners are encouraged to inform Council of changes to their address, of the passing away or departure from the area of their animals.

“Owners can also ensure their animals are microchipped and make sure their contact details are up to date to help Council to return impounded pets quickly.”

The majority of impounded animals are unregistered, showing the importance of the inspection program in achieving compliance among pet owners throughout the region.

Anyone identified during the inspection program as failing to comply may face an infringement notice with a $261 fine.

Registration fees for a desexed, microchipped dog only $25.