OFFICERS from Mornington Peninsula Shire are tracking down owners who have not renewed their pet registrations.
Registration renewal notices were sent out in march with a 10 April payment deadline.
Reminder notices were sent in April and now the shire is now following up on the unpaid renewals by visiting household were pets were registered.
Dog registrations were introduced in 1970 and cats registrations in 1994.
The penalty for owning an unregistered dog or cat is a $363 fine.
The shire says pet registration fees pay for such things as off-leash dog areas; the Community Animal Shelter and Pound; community safety officers and rangers responding to dog attacks and nuisance complaints; and the State Government Levy that contributes towards community education on responsible pet ownership.