Media Release – DOG REGO FEES FUND ESSENTIAL ANIMAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Residents in the Bundaberg Region can and do call Council to report a dog attack, a roaming dog or if their neighbour’s dog is barking.

Health and Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor said dog registration fees went towards funding the animal management program that made these services possible.

“Registration fees paid on an annual basis essentially ensure that if you have a dog-related problem, Council will investigate it for you,” Cr Honor said.

“Council officers tend to thousands of dog-related requests each year and the reality is that investigating these claims on behalf of the community costs money.

“We also provide the community with an afterhours reporting service so complaints can receive priority attention from our animal management team.”

He said dog registration also contributed to the maintenance of off-leash areas and the supply of dog waste bags.

“What this means is dog owners help to fund these animal management services under a ‘user-pays’ system. If registration was not required and these costs were factored in to rates calculations, the cost would be spread across the whole community and affect residents that don’t own a dog.”

Cr Honor also wished to clarify that registration was a State Government requirement which was compulsory throughout Queensland regardless of whether or not the dog was microchipped.

“People pay their vet to have a microchip inserted but if a resident was out for a walk and was attacked by a dog, it is Council that they would report the incident to. This is an essential service for our community which dog registration assists in funding.”

In the 2013/14 financial year:

  • 378 dog attacks were reported (average of over 7 each week)
  • 988 dogs were impounded (average of over 19 each week)
  • 1132 dogs were reported as wandering or off leash (average of over 21 each week)
  • 2003 other animal nuisances and requests (such as barking dogs) were reported (average of over 38 each week)

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