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Dog and cat registrations due
Pet owners in Latrobe City have until May 10th to register their cats and dogs for 2001/2002
By Latrobe City Council - 6th April 2001 - Back to News
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Pet owners in Latrobe City will have until Thursday 10 May to register their cats and dogs for the 2001/2002 year, and registration notices should all be received by pet owners with currently registered animals within the next week.
Latrobe City Mayor Councillor Brendan Jenkins said that it was a Victorian State Government requirement that all cats and dogs over six months of age in Victoria must be registered with their local Council on an annual basis. Owners who fail to register their pets face fines of $200.
The cost of registering a desexed, or microchipped dog or cat, or a dog or cat aged ten years or more, or a working dog, is just $18, or $9 if pet owners are eligible for a concession. The maximum registration fee for animals that don’t qualify for the lesser rate is $54, or $27 if owners are eligible for a concession.
Pet owners who have moved to Latrobe City during the year, or pet owners who have any unregistered cats and dogs, need to register these pets with Council, in person, at one of Council’s Citizen Service Centres. A certificate proving the animal has been desexed will need to be provided at the time if claiming the ‘desexed category’, or a registration notice from another Council listing the animal, or a statutory declaration made.
"Many families have puppies and kittens under six months of age which do not legally have to be registered yet, but must be registered when they turn six months of age. Council encourages early registration of these pets, and pets that fall into this category can receive a registration tag for the 2001/2002 registration year free of charge, providing the pets are registered by 10 May," Cr Jenkins said.
"Effectively, this means that Latrobe citizens pay no registration fee for the animal this year, yet have the peace of mind of knowing that their pet can be identified and returned should it stray.
"Pet owners are asked to check the information on their pet registration form carefully to ensure details of their animals are correct. If an animal has died or left the address where it is registered for any reason, payment should be adjusted, and a note should be made on, or returned with the form so that Council can adjust its records," Cr Jenkins added
"Pet registration ensures that cats and dogs are returned to their owners should they get lost. Not only does it make sense because a great deal of trauma for the owner and pet is avoided, but it is the law," Cr Jenkins concluded.
Further information on pet registration is available from Latrobe City on 1300 367 700.
- The Victorian State Government requires All cats and dogs aged six months or more to be registered with their local Council.
- Registrations for the 2000/2001 year are now due. Registrations must be made by Thursday 10 May 2001.
- Council encourages owners of puppies and kittens under six months to register their animals by 10 May to receive what is essentially free registration for the first year.
- Registration means straying pets can be reunited with their owners
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