12 April 2021

Dog owners need to update details every year or face a fine

| Dominic Giannini
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A new doggy database will make it easier for lost dogs to be reunited with their owners. Photo: File.

Dog owners in the ACT could face a fine of $150 if they fail to update their registration details every year.

According to the ACT Government, more than 95 per cent of dogs roaming the territory currently have out of date details which makes it difficult to reunite lost dogs with their owners.

CEO of RSPCA ACT, Michelle Robertson welcomed the new laws saying it would help the organisation match the 300 lost dogs they receive every year with their owners.

The new regulation, which comes into effect from 1 July, will require owners to update their details every year and aims to streamline changes in registration details with the onus currently being on the dog’s original owner to update the details when a new owner takes the dog.

The database will come into effect on 1 July and the dog’s registration date will be the date they are first registered. Owners will have 14 days to update their details after receiving a reminder notice from Domestic Animal Services before facing a $150 fine.

Those who had their dogs registered in July will have until August to update their details.

City Services Minister Chris Steel

City Services Minister Chris Steel said the database will not put additional costs on Canberrans. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

According to City Services Minister Chris Steel, there will be no additional costs for Canberrans who register their pets on time.

“Annual registration will ensure that we have up-to-date information on dogs so we can better understand how many are living here in the ACT and pinpoint where and who owns them,” he said.

“The new system will address the challenges we currently face with lifetime registration as owners rarely tell the government when they change address or phone number, transfer their dog’s ownership to someone else or their pet passes away.

“This can be a particular problem when dog attacks unfortunately happen or there is concern about dangerous dogs.”

Around a third of Canberra residents own a dog and this number is as high as 48 per cent in Tuggeranong.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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Michelle Hynson10:51 am 14 Apr 21

is this for the whole of the ACT or just Gungahlin?

Nogelyn Montes9:06 am 14 Apr 21

Yayyyyyyy!!!! Add a foto of owner and dog so we can track down dogs not on leads !!!! And do something about BARKING DOGS !!!! Plsa sign our online petition https://epetitions.act.gov.au/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetId=166&lIndex=-1

Rachel Bowman3:16 pm 12 Apr 21

I’m happy to update yearly as long as I don’t have to pay a big fee yearly as well.

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