Wonthaggi,
15
April
2013
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02:26
Australia/Melbourne

Pet Rego Reward

Animal registrations were due on 10 April.

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Cherie Donnellan from Dalyston got more than she bargained for when she registered her Rottweilers, Camm and Zoe this week.

Cherie came to the counter of the Civic Centre in Wonthaggi to pay the annual registration fee and instead found herself on the receiving end!

For renewing her dog registrations by the 10 April due date, Cherie received free registration for the year, a bunch of flowers and a pet pack filled with goodies to delight any dog, courtesy of Diskount Pets & Us!

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steven Piasente, said the prize was part of an ongoing campaign to promote responsible pet ownership.

“Registering your pet is a key part of being a responsible owner,” stressed Mr Piasente.

“Under Victorian law, every cat and dog three months of age and over must be registered with their local council.  Pets being registered for the first time must also be microchipped prior to registration.
Owners like Cherie who pay their registration on time are looking after their pets and doing the right thing for the community.  That is something to be applauded.”

Pet registrations are payable annually and were due by 10 April, so if you missed this deadline you need to act now.

“No family wants to experience the distress of losing a pet,” said Mr Piasente.

“If your cat or dog does go missing, one of the best ways to ensure we can find and return it to you is to for your pet to be registered and wearing a Council identification tag.  Renewal notices were mailed out in March however, if you did not receive yours please contact our Community Safety team. If you have a new pet, talk to our staff about what you need to do to register or visit our website to download the application form.”

Mr Piasente said the money raised through pet registration funds more than just a lost and found service.

“Council also manages wandering dogs and nuisance problems associated with pets in the community,” explained Mr Piasente.

“This includes controls on dangerous and restricted dog breeds and monitoring animal welfare standards in pet shops, kennels, catteries, breeding and training businesses.  Most people would also not be aware that Council collect statistics on all of these issues for research and conducts pet education programs within the community.”

For more information on Council’s commitment to domestic animal management, please refer to the Domestic Animal Management Plan on our website.

Further details about pet registration are available from the Community Safety team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or on Council’s website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.