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Published Friday 27 April 2018
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A partnership to protect your pets

Being a responsible pet owner and registering your cats and dogs with Council is not only a requirement by law, but it helps reunite owners with their lost pets quickly, prevents animal attacks and nuisance complaints and keep pets safe.

With reminder notices for the new animal registration period going out now, Council’s Local Laws team is door-knocking those who haven’t renewed for more than a year.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important Council followed up with those residents who had not renewed their animal registrations in 2017.

“Animal registrations are a really important part of being a responsible pet owner. If you pet ever escapes and gets lost, being microchipped and registered with Council gives you the best chance possible of being reunited with your animal quickly,” Cr Sanderson said.

“Animal registrations also help fund vital services such as our 24-hour after-hours service and proactive responsible pet ownership programs to help reduce animal attacks and nuisance complaints and encourage people to take good care of their pets.

“If your pet has passed away or has moved to another location, please let Council know so we can take them off our system. If you still have your cat or dog, you’ll need to renew your registration.”

All dogs and cats over three months old are required to be registered and microchipped. Under the Domestic Animal Act, those who do not register their animals can face fines of $311.

Increasing the number of animals that are registered and microchipped across the Shire is one of the key focus areas of Council’s draft Domestic Animal Management Plan, which is currently out for the community to view and have their say.

Council is also looking for community members to nominate for a Domestic Animal Management Plan Consultative Committee, which will oversee the rollout of the plan over the next four years.

To view the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan and have your say or to nominate for the committee, view the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017 - 2021 on the Engaging Mitchell website.

For more information on animal registrations, including downloadable forms to register an animal, visit the Dog and cat registration page or call 5734 6200.

This page was last updated on 29 November 2019.