CAT and dog owners must renew their pet registrations with Mornington Peninsula Shire by Friday 10 April.
It costs $45 per year to register a desexed dog and cat. Discounts apply for pension card holders. The current fine for owning an unregistered dog or cat is $330.
In issuing a renewal reminder, the shire says registration fees enable it to provide such services as leash-free dog areas (mornpen.vic.gov.au/leashfree); the Community Animal Shelter and Pound for lost pets and finding new homes for unclaimed cats and dogs (mornpen.vic.gov.au/lostpets); rangers to respond to dog attacks and complaints; and, a state government levy.
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 directs that all cats and dogs over the age of three months must be microchipped and registered with the Shire.
Cats must be desexed to be registered with the shire unless the cat and owner are members of the Feline Control Council.
Pet registration renewals can be made online, over the phone and in person. To learn more about the different ways to pay your registration or to renew your pet visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/petregistration.
First published in the Mornington News – 25 February 2020