Balonne Shire Council will soon embark on an approved animal inspection program targeting unregistered and non-microchipped dogs.
Council’s Chief Executive Officer Matthew Magin said Local Laws Officers would inspect properties throughout the Shire over the coming months.
“One of the main complaints Council receives is about wandering and barking dogs, so it is a community expectation that we conduct these inspections to ensure our residents are complying with Council’s Local Laws on animal management,” he said.
“As animal registrations have closed our team have been authorised to check animal registrations, microchipping and permits for extra animals within our town areas. This means as an Authorised Person they are able to enter your yard and check your pets.
“All dogs must be registered with Council before they are 12 weeks old or within 14 days of moving to the Balonne Shire area or if you take ownership of a dog.
“If your dog has escaped or is lost, our officers can easily scan it for identification, check its registration and return it home to you.
“By registering and microchipping your dog you will also avoid a possible fine of $266. A desexed and microchipped dog costs just $40 to register if paid by the due date – a lot less than a fine.”
Mr Magin said that under State law all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2009 were required to be microchipped.
“This helps our officers easily return your pets if they are found lost or wandering,” he said.
“Working dogs are an exception and we recommend residents fill out a working dog declaration form.
“Hunting dogs, however, are not classified as working dogs and need to be registered as domestic pets.”
Mr Magin said Council officers were willing to work with owners to ensure they complied with the State and Local Laws relevant to their pet.
“Our officers are there to help you and your pet by offering advice on suitable fencing and behavioural issues,” he said.
“Council also offers discounted and subsidised microchipping clinics throughout the year to help residents.”
For more information go to http://www.balonne.qld.gov.au/register-an-animal