Dog owners are being reminded to keep an eye out for the postman with annual dog registration renewal notices being sent to residents at the end of July 2019.
Bundaberg Regional Council will be posting more than 15,800 renewal notices to dog owners in the region, with payment due on 31 August.
Animal management portfolio spokesman Cr Scott Rowleson said the cost of dog registration contributed to a number of important services.
“Animal registration contributes towards the costs of Council providing animal-related community education programs and our 24/7 animal service which not all regional councils provide,” he said.
“Registration also goes towards our stray animal (including stock) pick-up service, investigating animal complaints including excessive barking and dog attacks and maintaining Council’s animal management facility.”
Cr Rowleson said the cost of dog registration varied and depended on a number of factors.
“Costs vary depending on the intended use of the dog, for example, certified assistance dogs are free,” he said.
“Also, discounts are provided when dogs are desexed and microchipped and there is also a pensioner discount offered.”
Cr Rowleson reminded dog owners that registration was a requirement and fines applied to unregistered dogs.
“Dog registration is a compulsory requirement by the State Government under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008,” he said.
Operation Wanted participants offers free dog registration
As part of a joint initiative between Council, local vets and the RSPCA, dog owners who sign up for the Operation Wanted program can apply for free dog registration.
As part of the program, participating veterinary clinics offer a 20 per cent discount off their usual desexing fee to people who have registered online and received a unique desexing discount code.
Bundaberg Regional Council has come on board again to further support the initiative, offering one year of free registration for dogs who are desexed at any of the promotion’s participating vets until August 31.
Read more about the program here.
How to pay registration
Dog registration can be paid in person at any of Council's service centres, through BPay, by mail, credit card or by calling Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 883 699.
Find out more here.