ALL dog owners listed on Council’s dog register should have received their dog’s registration renewal notices in the post.
Under Tasmania law, dogs aged six months and over must be registered with their local council and the registration must be renewed by 31 July each year.
Choosing to register dogs with other animal organisations such as the National Pet Register offers owners an additional means of identification for their pets, however, dog registration with a local council is mandatory under the Dog Control Act 2000.
Registering your dog greatly improves its chances of being returned to you should it become lost, but registration fees also provide for a range of other services including:
Lost and found service – an assurance that if your pet strays and is found, it can be identified and you will be notified.
Where possible, a lost dog will be attempted to be returned to the owner, rather than being taken to a rescue centre (where fees for looking after the dog will apply).
If your pet is lost outside of normal working hours, generally it is only by means of the registration tag that the dog can be reunited with you. Your dog’s rescuer will not have a microchip scanner, but they can ID the dog through the tag number and efforts to get your pet home can occur.
Providing facilities in your dog exercise area, such as bins and bags for dog waste, signage, fencing and patrols of the areas.
Registration fees partially contribute to the running of Council’s Animal Management Section which amongst other services:
Provides a collection service for straying dogs and other animals.
Secures aggressive dogs from public places.
Manages dog attack incidents.
Addresses animal nuisance complaints and welfare issues.
Conducts a significant amount of inspections, including kennel licences and dangerous dog conditions.
The categories and levels of registration fees are set by Council and vary depending on a number of factors.
The 2016/17 fees are available in this copy of the Glenorchy Gazette and also printed on your registration renewal notice.
The Standard Registration Fee applies for registrations that are renewed prior to 31 July 2016 so dog owners are encouraged to take advantage of these lower fees.
The Overdue Registration Fee will apply for any registrations that are renewed after 31 July 2016.
If you have moved address or your dog has died or been given away since the last registration period contact Council’s customer service centre on 6216 6800 and update those details.
Since July 2011, in addition to dog registration the state government has also made microchipping dogs mandatory.
Microchipping can be performed for as little as $25 but failing to do so may cost you a fine of $154.
Council adopts a very intensive dog registration audit of the city which commences in August.
Any dog found that is unregistered may result in its owner receiving an on-the-spot fine of $154 and a further fine if the dog is not microchipped.
In 2015/16 Council issue 350 infringements for failing to register a dog and 210 for failing to microchip a dog. This just does not make sense when the cost to register and microchip a dog is so relatively low.
All enquiries regarding dog registration can be made by contacting Council’s customer service centre on 6216 6800.
Responsible ownership and control of dogs
As well as ensuring your dog is registered and microchipped, all dog owners are reminded to be aware of the legal requirements of owning and controlling a dog under the Dog Control Act 2000.
Dogs in public places not under effective control create a nuisance or risk to other people or animals, may cause traffic hazards and also put themselves at risk of injury.
A proactive way to prevent a dog’s escape is by ensuring that boundary fences are well maintained and regularly checked.
Keeping a watchful eye on the behaviour of dogs when the dog is at home in the yard can also provide an owner with an insight into whether a dog is looking to escape.
Council’s records indicate that most dogs escape a property when the owner is away from home and, behaviourally speaking, a dog may become bored or anxious because the owner has left the property.
The escape of a dog is often preventable through the owner taking the time to get to know their dog’s athletic ability, maintaining their boundary fences accordingly and providing toys or enrichment tools for dogs left at home alone.
Dogs must also be walked on a lead no longer than two-metres in length at all times in a public place. In an off-lead area, dogs must be capable of responding to commands (i.e. coming back when called).
Off-lead areas are a wonderful and enriching asset to many responsible dog owners and dogs, and can provide a reduction in stressful behaviours in dogs, such as nuisance barking at home.
However, recently there have been reports to Council of incidences of dogs harassing other dogs, chasing other animals and being observed to act unsociably.
Off-lead areas are not a “free for all” – dogs are not permitted to cause a nuisance and must remain under effective control at all times.
Please also remember to carry a dog-dropping bag when exercising dogs, and stop and scoop your dog’s droppings if nature calls.
In addition to the environmental, public health and unsightly factors associated with uncollected droppings, the Dog Control Act 2000 contains penalty provisions for failing to pick up after a dog and appropriately disposing of the waste.
A list of designated off-lead areas is available on Council’s website at: www.gcc.tas.gov.au