Burdekin Shire Council may begin monitoring the supply of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens being sold or given away in response to a community complaint.
Under State Government legislation all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens being sold or given away are required to be microchipped.
Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the law stated that all dogs and cats born after July 1, 2010, must be implanted with a microchip and all puppies and kittens were required to have a microchip implanted 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 a dog, cat, puppy or kitten to another person must ensure the animal is implanted with a microchip.”
Mr Mulcahy said Council’s Animal Management Team may begin monitoring social media sites in an effort to reduce the numbers of illegal sales and give aways and also stem the flow of animals to Council’s pound.
“We see a lot of dogs, cats, kittens and puppies being sold or given away on websites and social media sites which do not comply with State laws,” he said.
“Our Animal Management team can fine the suppliers of these animals $235 if they are selling the animals without a microchip.
“It would be possible to fine someone for each pet that was sold or given away 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.”
The only times animals do not require a microchip are:
- If the owner has a vet certificate stating that implanting a microchip would be a serious risk to the animal’s health
- If the dog works for a government entity
- If the animal is a working dog
- If the animal is another class of dog prescribed under a regulation