With the cat and dog registration renewals deadline passed, Mitchell Shire Council’s local laws team is door-knocking those who haven’t renewed following SMS and mail reminders.
Council will also conduct proactive inspections on other properties where there may be signs of pets but no corresponding registration.
All dogs and cats older than three months are required to be registered and microchipped.
Being a responsible pet owner and registering your cats and dogs with council is not only a requirement by law, it also helps reunite owners with their lost pets quickly, prevents animal attacks and nuisance complaints and keep pets safe.
Animal registrations help fund vital services such as lost animals, the 24-hour after-hours service and proactive responsible pet ownership programs.
These help to reduce animal attacks and nuisance complaints and encourage people to take good care of their pets.
Under the Domestic Animal Act, those who have not renewed their registration or do not register their animals can face fines of more than $300.
If your pet has passed away or has moved to another location, residents are asked to let council know so details can be updated.
For more information, visit the animals page at mitchellshire.vic.gov.au