At yesterday's General Meeting, Council approved the 2019 Selective Inspection Program – Council's annual program that encourages responsible animal ownership within the Maranoa region.
The program will commence on Monday, 2 September 2019 and conclude Friday, 29 November 2019 and will allow authorised persons to enter and inspect selected properties to assess compliance in designated town areas with the State Government's Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 for dog registration and regulated dog provisions.
Councillor David Schefe said last year's Selective Inspection Program, which was conducted from August to October, saw an impressive 53% increase in registrations from the year before, with 321 new registrations and 408 renewals.
"The likelihood of a pet owner being reunited with their pet if it is lost or stolen increases significantly if it is registered and microchipped," Cr Schefe said.
"Our hope is that this year's Selective Inspection Program will see another spike in registrations and renewals, improving our data and therefore allowing our Community Safety team to reunite the animals that find themselves impounded this financial year."
State legislation requires that all dogs over 12 weeks be both registered and microchipped.
Registration Renewals are due on 30 June each year. If you are a new or existing dog owner and are yet to register your dog, please be a responsible pet owner and register your dog at any of Council's Customer Service Centres.