Fine amnesty for City of Stonnington residents with unregistered pets

Press Release | 17 May 2018

 The City of Stonnington is waiving fines for unregistered cats or dogs during June to encourage responsible owners to register their pets.

City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, himself an animal lover, said registering a cat or dog is an important part of being a responsible owner – it means we can reunite a lost pet with its owner faster, and the fee helps pay for facilities, such as Stonnington’s pound.

“State legislation requires pet owners to register their dogs and cats over three months old. The fine for not registering a dog or cat is $319, plus the normal registration fee. If a case goes before the court, a Magistrate can impose fines over $3,000, so not registering your pet can be expensive,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.

“Throughout June, owners can register an unregistered cat or dog without a fine. The amnesty also applies to residents who have forgotten to renew their pet’s registration.

During the registration amnesty, animal management officers will be increasing checks of registrations across the City of Stonnington, so that as many people as possible with unregistered dogs and cats can take advantage of the amnesty.

City of Stonnington residents can check their pets’ registration status by calling 8290 1333.

City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos is available for interview or comment.

 For media or photo opportunities, please contact the Communications Department at Stonnington Council on 8290 1113 or media@stonnington.vic.gov.au