Cr Joe Ramia

August 21, 2019

Toowoomba councillors voted this week to run another inspection program during the next 12 months to check dog registrations – and dog and cat microchipping.

Cr Joe Ramia said the program had led to an increase in dog registrations last year and he hoped this trend would continue.

The latest inspection program will begin on October 1 and end on March 31 next year.

“This is a program which encourages responsible pet ownership,” Cr Ramia said.

“Last year we endorsed the systematic inspection of properties. Between October 15, 2018, and April 12, 2019, more than 1250 new dog registrations were received.

“During that time Council officers inspected 256 properties, issued 45 infringement notices, 12 compliance notices and other enforcements.

“By running the program again this year, Council is hopeful we will be able to continue encouraging responsible pet management.

“This program should be treated as a warning that there will be zero tolerance for unregistered dogs and cats and dogs that have not been microchipped.”

The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (the Act) requires all dog owners within Queensland to register their pets with the relevant local council.

The Act also requires dog and cat owners to have their pets microchipped.

Dogs in the Toowoomba Region must be registered after reaching three months of age.

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