Increase in pet dumping leads Council to consider options

Burdekin Shire Council may consider enforcing State laws regarding microchipping of cats and dogs in an effort to prevent people from dumping their pets.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said that under State Government legislation all dogs and cats born after July 1, 2010, must be implanted with a microchip by 12 weeks of age.

“The legislation was introduced back in 2008 under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act and requires animal suppliers and owners to ensure cats and dogs are microchipped,” he said.

“This means anyone who supplies another person with a cat or dog must ensure the animal is implanted with a microchip and that all puppies and kittens born on or after July 1, 2010, must be implanted with microchip by 12 weeks of age.

“Owners of puppies and kittens are also required to ensure their pet is microchipped.”

Mr Mulcahy said Council may consider enforcing this law in the Burdekin in an attempt to stem the flow of animals to Council’s pound.

“We see a lot of kittens and puppies being sold on websites and social media sites these sales may not comply with State laws,” he said.

“Our Animal Management team are able to fine sellers of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens $227 if they are selling the animals without a microchip.

“It would be possible to fine someone for each pet that was sold to a different person, so it could end up being quite expensive for those who continue to flout the laws.

“These laws were brought in by the State Government to ensure pets could be returned to their owners.”

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