Pet owners reminded dog and cat registrations are overdue

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The City of Greater Bendigo is reminding dog and cat owners that pet registrations are now overdue and they risk a $317 fine if they do not re-register their pets immediately.

 Manager Safe and Healthy Environments Caroline Grylls said more than 5,500 dogs and 2000 cats are yet to be re-registered in Greater Bendigo.

 “The City has more than 19,000 dogs and 6500 cats on its database and officers will soon be commencing enforcement action against owners who have not paid their pet registration,” Ms Grylls said.

 “It is really important pet owners re-register their pets and know the benefits. The number of outstanding registrations is a concern, especially when pet registration is a basic measure that can help ensure the pet is returned if it gets lost or escapes from a property.

“Pet owners may be liable for unnecessary pound fees if their unregistered pets are reported wandering and the City officers cannot return them directly to their homes.”   

“If residents no longer have a pet that was previously registered, please contact our office so our records can be updated.

“Registration fees go towards the City’s local law services that respond to wandering dogs, dog attacks, nuisance problems like barking dogs, cat trespass and un-owned animals.”

Residents with any queries should contact the City of Greater Bendigo’s Safe and Healthy Environments Local Laws team on 5434 6000.

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