The annual program takes place to encourage responsible animal ownership within the Maranoa region as well as to assess compliance with the State Government's Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 in designated town areas for dog registration and regulated dog provisions. Inspections may occur in premises situated within the townships of Amby, Injune, Jackson, Mitchell, Muckadilla, Mungallala, Roma, Surat, Wallumbilla and Yuleba.
Last year's Selective Inspection Program was successful, resulting in 321 new registrations and 408 registration renewals – a 53% increase on the 2017 program!
Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Community Safety said with the commencement of this program, Council is really encouraging all animal owners to register their pets.
"Time is running out, please ensure your pet is registered to avoid a fine. Having your pet registered means reuniting is easier if your pet was ever to get lost," Cr Chandler said.
With the inspections having commenced this week, Council has educated residents about responsible pet ownership prior to the program to help reduce the amount of fines issued this year. Residents received renewal notices early June prior to the registration due date on 30 June, reminder SMS were sent to any residents that had supplied a mobile number, signage on Community Safety vehicles along with media releases, Facebook posts and a public notice via a letterbox drop.
Council records indicate that there are 369 outstanding renewals. To avoid an on the spot fine, be a responsible pet owner and register your dog via BPAY, Pay by Phone or at any of Council's Customer Service Centres.
To find out more information regarding the Selective Inspection Program, please visit http://www.mymaranoa.org.au/residents/community-safety/selective-inspection-program