Encouraging responsible animal ownership in Pyrenees Shire
Thursday 20 April 2017, 10:47 AM
Pyrenees Shire Council has embarked on a campaign to ensure all cats and dogs living in the Shire are registered.
Animal registration helps to ensure lost pets can be reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.
Pet owners are required to register cats and dogs under the Domestic Animals Act (1994), and renewal of registrations happens in April each year.
An animal audit will be undertaken in May and June, following an amnesty period for unregistered animals.
Council CEO Jim Nolan said animal ownership had remained static in the Pyrenees Shire over the past few years, but animal registrations had reduced.
“Maintaining animal registration helps to ensure the safety and amenity of our residents and townships,” Mr Nolan said.
“Part of being a responsible pet owner in Victoria is the expectation that your pet is registered with your council,” he said.
Registration includes a state collected levy and the remainder of the fee covers part of the Local Laws unit at Council.
Council is providing an amnesty period for animal owners to register their pets if they are currently not registered. The amnesty period will close on Friday, 12th May 2017.
Council is also offering free registration for eligible animals six (6) months under.