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Council knocking on doors to check pet rego

COUNCIL staff have started knocking on the doors of homes across the region to check cat and dog registration information is up to date.

Councillor Robert Garland said the move was part of a push to cut the number of animals being impounded and euthanised.

He said owners of unregistered pets would be required to register them and might be issued a $227 fine for each unregistered animal.

Cr Garland said there were 19,016 dogs and 4,471 cats registered on the Fraser Coast.

"All pet owners can help cut the number of animals ending up in the pound by ensuring their pets are registered and microchipped so we can ensure they are returned home as quickly as possible if they stray," he said.

During 2013-14, 1520 dogs and 588 cats were impounded with 60% of the dogs and 15% of the cats returned home, while 17% of the dogs and 57% of the cats were euthanized and the remainder were given to welfare groups to rehome.

Topics:  cats dogs doorknocking fraser coast regional council pet registration



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