Court orders 19 residents to pay a total of $13,048

Nineteen Burdekin Shire residents have been ordered to pay a total of $13,048.20 for failing to pay fines and breaching Local Laws and other legislation after the matters were heard in the Ayr Magistrates Court last week (Wednesday November 6, 2013).

Council’s Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said the largest number of complaints received by Council’s Customer Service Centre concerned animals and most of the fines issued were for failing to register cats or dogs.

“There were some other offences, which included failing to provide an adequate enclosure for an animal, animals wandering at large and having extra animals without the required approval,” she said.

“Originally the fines for these offences were either $220 or $550, now the court has imposed a further penalty and some residents with an initial fine of $220 will have to pay over $500 and one resident’s costs now exceed $1000 due to multiple offences.

“All of the people involved received reminder letters, which included advice that the next step was legal action prior to this action commencing.

“We offered to accept payment of fines up until 2pm on the day prior to the matters being heard in court to help residents avoid court, but many did not take up that offer.”

Mrs Whitworth said Council investigated these matters and would only issue a fine if there was evidence to support it.

“Residents who failed to comply with warnings or advice as to their requirements under Local Laws or State Legislation would be fined or face legal action,” she said.

“If residents fail to pay the fine then this also will lead to legal action.

 “I urge residents to comply with the requirements for being a responsible pet owner and to pay fines promptly to prevent costs similar to those imposed last week.”

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