It's time to register your dog
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The deadline for annual dog registration is fast approaching and if you are a dog owner you will need to have your beloved pooch registered by 1 July to avoid penalties.
South Taranaki District Council Regulatory Services Manager, Jim Single, says legally all dogs over 3 months must be registered by 1 July each year.
“Failure to register your dog results in a $300 fine and your dog could be impounded,” says Mr Single, “and we don’t want to have to do either of those things.”
Mr Single says there are currently 5000 dogs registered in South Taranaki and each year around 300 owners are fined for not registering their dogs on time.
“Dog registration fees contribute to a wide range of animal control services including a 24/7 emergency response service, operating the district pound, running the dog
re-homing programme, contributing to the national dog database and general animal control activities.”
The work of the Council’s animal control service has certainly paid dividends to the community with an impressive 46% decrease in serious dog incidents over the last 4 years.
Mr Single says it’s also important for dog owners to realise that they need to let the Council know in writing if there are any changes to the circumstance of their dogs such as change of address, change of owner or death of the animal.
The Council also has an incentive based scheme for responsible urban dog owners called the Selected Owner Policy. Under this scheme urban dog owners who qualify may receive a 60% discount on their registration fees however strict criteria must first be met.
Since July 2006 it has also been law that owners must microchip their dogs.
“Micro-chipping provides a simple, lifelong way of identifying dogs and linking them to their owner, making dog control easier and more effective. It also makes it easier to return lost or stolen dogs to their owners,” says Mr Single. “Working dogs may be exempt but the owners must apply for exemption.”
If residents have any questions or want more information about dog registrations or micro-chipping please contact South Taranaki District Council Animal Control service on 278 0555 or toll free 0800 111 323.
Urban (town) dog $139
Urban (town) de-sexed $110
Selected Owner $55
Rural (first 2 dogs) $50
Rural (3 or more dogs) $40
Permit to keep 3 or more dogs (town) $75