AS COMPLIANCE officers are spotted going door to door in search of unregistered pets, the issue of pet registration on the Fraser Coast rages online with some calling for the abolition of registration fees altogether.
A strongly worded petition calling for pet registration fees to be scrapped on the Fraser Coast has gained momentum with 182 signatures from residents who agree owners who have their pets both desexed and microchipped should not have to fork out registration fees.
The change.org petition, started by Saritta Boyd of Maryborough, refers to registration fees as "ridiculous" and Fraser Coast Council as "greedy" while comments on both the petition website itself and the Fraser Coast Chronicle's own Facebook page tend to agree.
Krystal Scott of Granville said in the comment section of the petition that: "Microchipping and desexing should be enough identification.. Rego tags are useless if a dog has slipped the collar."
Meanwhile Maryborough's Nikki Coe feels the cost of registration is cause for concern, saying: "I think the fees are massively over-priced compared to other regions."
On the Fraser Coast Chronicle Facebook page Zana Larikka makes the point: "What do pet owners get in return for the fees? There are no dog parks, few dog beaches, not enough feral animal control, and no admin costs once the original pet registration is processed. Annual fees are a rort."
However as previously reported in the Chronicle, Councillor Robert Garland has defended the price and existence of pet registration fees on the Fraser Coast, saying if they were lowered the bill would then be transferred to general rates.
"The other councils will probably be servicing what they've got through their general rate but we have chosen to try and bring that to more fees of service basis so pet owners are contributing to the management of dogs and cats.
"Also with other councils, the fee might be low but when your dog is impounded, you're charged for each day which could cost up to $100 a day, whereas we don't charge you for the first three days."
Cr Garland further justified the fees by explaining they allow the council to put animals back with owners as quickly as possible.