Council extends pet registration amnesty till February 8
THE council has extended its amnesty period for pet registration due to the weather crisis on the Fraser Coast.
Pet owners will now have until Friday, February 8, to register their pets without penalty.
Councillor Robert Garland said the clean-up after the wild weather was the council's main priority.
"Crews and volunteers are already hard at work and it's going to be a big job," he said.
"We've extended the amnesty period to allow people to focus on cleaning up their homes and businesses and helping out friends, relatives and neighbours."
The amnesty period includes all areas of the Fraser Coast.
The council said it had started door knocking across the region to check cat and dog owners' animal registration information was up to date.
The move is part of a push to cut the number of animals being euthanised.
"Last year, council euthanized 348 dogs and 407 Cats which represents 23% of the dogs impounded and 60% of the cats impounded," Cr Garland said.
"All pet owners can work together to cut the number of animals ending up in the pound by ensuring their pets are registered and micropchipped so we can ensure they are returned home as quickly as possible if they stray."
During 2011-12, 1509 dogs and 675 cats were impounded, 50% of the dogs and 9% of the cats were returned home, 23% of the dogs and 60% of the cats were euthanised with the remainder given to welfare groups to rehome.
There are currently 16,438 dogs and 2825 cats registered on the Fraser Coast.