Days are numbered for unregistered dogs
SYSTEMATIC dog inspections were approved by the North Burnett council at its first meeting of 2020.
From Monday, March 30, to Friday, June 26, the inspection program will continue between 7am and 5pm at residences in Biggenden, Gayndah, Mt Perry, Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto.
These inspections come in the wake of data indicating 429 dogs were not re-registered in the previous four years, as of November 27, 2019.
More than 893 dogs were registered for the 2019-20 period, however there has been a steady increase in unregistered dogs since 2016.
A report submitted to North Burnett Regional Council stated people may have simply moved from the region or had not informed the council they no longer own a dog.
With that in mind, “there will be those people who fail to register their pets”, according to the report, and this program may encourage a higher participation rate and enable registration records to be updated.
Division 1 councillor Paul Lobegeier welcomed the inspection but recognised it would be unpopular with some people.
“Every time we’ve done these inspections, we get more phone calls,” Cr Lobegeier said.
“I have personally seen one family with three dogs, and a pile of pups, and they wonder why the neighbours were all ringing.”
Division 4 councillor John Zahl concurred, saying he had seen cases where inspectors would “find three or more dogs and the owners would claim they (were) working dogs”.
The report stated the council’s authorised officers would be doorknocking to make sure all dogs at particular properties were registered.
In the event a dog or dogs are not registered, a notice will be issued to the owner to register them within 14 days.
Failure to comply with this may result in further enforcement action from the council and possible issuing of a penalty infringement notice.
Authorised officers will ensure owners are complying with the allowed number of dogs:
• Only two dogs on an allotment with an area less than 6000sq m.
• Only one dog on premises which are multi-residential premises.
• Only three or more dogs with approval and a permit issued by the council.