Hinchinbrook Shire Council will be conducting an inspection program of dogs throughout the Shire.
The inspections which will commence after annual dog registration renewal notices have been issued will see Council Officers visiting homes to verify that Council records are correct and ensure pet owners understand requirements for registration and proper keeping arrangements.
Mayor Ramon Jayo said ‘The objective of the program is to ensure that animal owners are meeting their obligations in the keeping of animals. Complaints to Council concerning dog related issues are on the rise and have been quite high for some time suggesting that some owners are not acting responsibly much to the annoyance of their neighbours.’
‘The fact is that Council’s recently conducted community satisfaction survey suggested that Council’s animal control services were below satisfactory and that on its own suggest that we are suffering a problem.’
‘Ensuring that Council’s animal database correctly reflects ownership details is the first step. This will help us deliver animal management services throughout the Shire and address areas of concern within the community’.
Dog registration renewal notices will be issued Monday 2 July 2018 with a discount available to residents who are renewing their dog registration/s by Friday 31 August 2018. Applicable discounts only apply to residents renewing their dog registration, not to new dog registrations.
For more information about registering animals please visit Council’s website, Pets and Animals page.