Fines for failing to register
Twenty five domestic animal cases were recently listed by Bass Coast Shire Council for hearing at the Korumburra Magistrates Court. Of these, 16 cases relate to failure to register, and nine relate to having a dog at large.
Pet registrations are the legal responsibility of all pet owners and, under State law, owners failing to register a pet can result in a fine of $317.
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that animal registration is not just about avoiding fines, it is also about being responsible and keeping the community safe.
“Registering our pets means they can be identified and easily returned if they get lost or escape,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Registration fees also help us keep the pound maintained and comfortable, should you not be immediately reunited with your furry friend.”
“Importantly, registration helps to keep the community safe by allowing our Local Laws team to effectively investigate animal attacks and nuisance complaints, and manage the welfare of animals in Bass Coast.”
Dogs and cats three months and older must be microchipped and registered with Council. Registration is easy. To find out how or to download a pet registration form visit: www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/pets
Once you have registered your pet for the first time, a renewal notice will be sent for payment by the 10th April each year. Council Officers follow up on unpaid registrations during May.
Cr Rothfield also explained that microchipping your pet is equally as important as registration.
“Microchipping your pet means that should they lose their collar they can still be identified and reunited with you even if you move or are on holiday,” Cr Rothfield said.
The second most common domestic animal court case, after failing to register, is for a dog/s at large.
Animals found wandering at large may be collected and impounded. Release fees will be required to be paid to reclaim your animal and fines may be issued by Council.
For more information contact Council's Community Safety team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).