Council says pet rego does not pay for animal control
PET registration fees are not covering the cost of animal control programs on the Fraser Coast, with ratepayers left to fork out almost $269,000 to make up the shortfall.
The council released the information as it attempted to counter claims dog and cat registration fees were in the region were excessive.
Fraser Coast Cr Robert Garland said registration fees accounted for 77% of the costs of providing animal control activities.
"Council allocated more than $900,000 for animal control activities. That includes operating pounds, compliance staff and investigating almost 6000 animal-related complaints a year," Cr Garland said.
"Staff are out at two in the morning chasing cattle, horses and answer dog and cat complaints seven days a week.
"I know some residents would like us to do more to investigate and remove stray cats and dogs, and pet owners would like to see fenced off-leash areas for their pets to play safely.''
Cr Garland said if residents wanted to see cheaper charges for registering cats and dogs then general rates would need to be increased.
He said owners could get a $20 discount if they renew their registration by the due date.
From February 4, the council will begin door-knocking in the region to check owners have their pets registered. Until that date people in the region can contact council and pay their fees without incurring a fine.