Push for pet registrations follows recent fine amnesty

Press Release | 16 July 2018

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Authorised Officers will be out and about in Stonnington parks and reserves in the second half of 2018 to support responsible pet ownership and ensure compliance with pet registration legislation.

City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, said registering your pet is an important part of being a responsible owner.

“Dog and cat registration fees fund important services such as veterinary care for stray injured animals; operating the pound and our 24-hour animal collection service,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.

“In June, Council waived fines for unregistered cats and dogs.  At the same time we increased the presence of our animal management officers, so that as many people as possible could be alerted to the need to register their pet.

“Now that the amnesty is over, Council’s Authorised Officers will continue to visit parks and reserves across the municipality, checking pet registrations.

“People in Stonnington love their animals and we know they value responsible ownership highly; ensuring your dog or cat is correctly registered is a part of that responsibility.

“It’s easy to do, simply visit Council’s website or contact us to find out how,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.

State legislation requires pet owners to register dogs and cats over three months old. The fine for not registering a dog or cat is $322, 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.

It is an offence under the Victorian Government’s Domestic Animals Act 1994 to not provide your address to an Authorised Officer if requested. Officers will be carrying documentation that identifies them as a City of Stonnington employee.

To register your pet visit stonnington.vic.gov.au or phone 8290 1333.

For media or photo opportunities contact: media@stonnington.vic.gov.au

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