Register your pets to keep them safe
Pet owners are encouraged to ensure their animal is registered so they can be re-united with their furry friends in the event they are lost.
Registration renewals are due on 10 April 2018 and will carry a 40% increased fee this year due to a 300% increase in the costs of operating the Pound service, which is run by the RSPCA on behalf of Council.
The price rise means a de-sexed dog or cat now costs $42 to be registered, up from the previous $30. This is comparable to the 12 Councils in the Hume region, which have an average fee of about $38. Concession card holders are eligible for a 50% discount on their fees.
“These increases have been unavoidable but ensure for animals received at the Wangaratta animal pound meets community expectations,” Council’s Director Development Services Barry Green said.
“Having your pet registered with Council is required by law and is the best way of ensuring a lost animal can be reunited with you quickly.”
All previously unregistered animals over three months of age also need to be registered and Mr Green said Council’s compliance officers would also be periodically door knocking properties where unregistered animals are believed to be living.
All unregistered animals and non-renewed registrations may be issued with an infringement of $317 per animal from May 2018.
Renewal notices for pets currently registered have been sent out, while new pets can be registered using the link below.