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Council reminding residents to ensure current pet registration

Shoalhaven City Council is reminding residents to ensure the current registration and micro chipping of all local pets.

Microchipping and registration provides Council Animal Management Officers with vital statistical information and helps ensure the reunion of lost pets with concerned owners.

As part of the ongoing registration process, local pet owners are required to notify Council within 14 days if they no longer own the animal, have changed address or changed contact details.

Problems can arise during Council’s annual pet registration drive if an owner has failed to notify their local Council regarding a change of address.

Shoalhaven City Council Rangers Service Manager, Michael Jarman is encouraging residents to ensure pet ownership details remain current and up to date at all times.

“Council’s Animal Management Officers will be glad to assist customers in changing their address details, registering a pet or informing Council to the sale or death of a pet,” said Mr Jarman.

“Reminders are sent by Council staff at the time registrations are due. If these notices are found to have been ignored then a fine can be issued.

“Council would like to avoid instances of people being fined after a failure to change registration details and would strongly encourage all local pet owners to ensure ownership details remain current.”

Mr Jarman said any unpaid fines become the responsibility of the State Debt Recovery Office, the organisation charged with taking the necessary action to recoup all acquired debt.

Residents who have recently received an Enforcement Order from the State Debt Recovery office should arrange payment or call the SDRO office on 1300 655 805 for further advice.

For more information pet registration please contact Council’s Animal Management Officers on 44293111.

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