Wollongong City Council is offering dog owners a month’s reprieve for not having a collar and tag on their dogs.
Under State legislation all dogs must have a collar and tag which includes the animal’s name and owner’s address or telephone number. If a dog doesn’t have the collar and tag, the owner is liable for a fine of $165.
During July Council is not enforcing this legislation to encourage dog owners to place a collar and tag on their pet.
Manager Regulation and Enforcement Jeannie Nicol said: “To ensure that your dog has the best possible chance of coming back to you, you must make sure your dog is wearing a collar with a tag attached. The collar and tag is a NSW legal requirement for your dog to wear when in public and failing to have it may result in a fine of $165.”
In the past Council has not enforced this requirement. It is clear that more dogs would have been returned to their owners by members of the general community and Council staff had the owner complied with their legal requirement.
Council will provide an amnesty on the fine until the end of July 2013 so that pet owners have an opportunity to purchase their tag.
“We are still seeing a number of dogs entering the pound unnecessarily,” Ms Nicol said. “If a pet does not have a microchip and is not registered, many dogs end up in the pound with owner notification being impossible.
“The added benefit of an increase in the collar and tags being worn is that the people who find a dog may contact the owner directly resulting in the dog going home without the involvement of the Ranger transporting your dog to the pound and the resultant fees and fines,” Ms Nicol said.
So give your animal the best chance possible of remaining a healthy, happy member of your family and ensure that a collar and tag are worn by your dog.
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