Dog registrations due

by Mike Isle

It’s that time of year again when all dog owners must ensure that their dogs are registered.

Dog registrations are due from July 1 each year, with discounted registration fees available for July.

Payment can be made online, by internet banking or at a council service centre.

All dogs older than three months must be registered every year. The fine for an unregistered dog is $300.

Fees collected from registration help to fund the council’s 24/7 dog control operation. It includes community education and the Dog Smart programme in schools, along with enforcement activities, operating the dog pound and providing free microchipping for the district’s dogs.

If paid by July 31 2019, the discounted registration fee applicable is $10 Administration/Owner fee, plus $30 for each dog owned by the same person and held at the same locality. For payments made after July 31 2019, the full registration fee applicable is $15 Administration/Owner fee, $40 for each dog owned by the same person and held at the same locality.

The council has sent re-registration notices, which should have arrived in letterboxes by now.