Media Release – COUNCIL APOLOGISES AS DOG ESCAPES DURING REGISTRATION SURVEY

Bundaberg Regional Council has expressed its regret and apologised to the owner following the accidental release of a dog from private property during Council’s current dog registration survey.

Council’s Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said thousands of properties were undergoing inspection and it was disappointing this incident had occurred.

“I have seen the CCTV footage regarding this unfortunate incident but what the footage does not show is two members of our inspection team pursuing the dog almost immediately.

“Additionally, a Council Local Law Officer was called to assist and the dog was recovered very quickly,” Cr Honor said.

“The dog in question is unregistered and the owner has been advised to register the animal. The dog was never at risk of being impounded.”

Cr Honor said it was unfortunate that a large number of residents across the region still neglect to undertake a lawful requirement of having their dogs registered.

Since Council advised that it would be undertaking the region-wide inspection program approximately 3,500 dogs have been registered.

“Unfortunately, we believe there are still around 5000 unregistered dogs within the region in addition to the 10,700 dogs currently registered.

“Council’s community safety obligations following recurrent dog attacks and the nuisance created by wandering animals have been prime motivations for Council undertaking this registration survey.”

Cr Honor said members of the survey team had again been briefed by Council on the importance of ensuring their own safety and the security of animals located on private property.

“Council is partnering with a third party in this survey project and the team members are enthusiastic about the work involved and the positive outcomes it will have for the general community.

ENDS

 

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