Council's Systematic Inspection Program aimed at identifying and registering unregistered cats and dogs will continue with four additional inspection programs through to June 2024.
The Moreton Bay Council has announced the continuation of its successful Systematic Inspection Program aimed at identifying and registering unregistered cats and dogs in the region. With the approval of four additional inspection programs through to June 2024, the Council aims to ensure responsible pet ownership and mitigate potential threats to native wildlife.
“While the majority of cat and dog owners in Moreton Bay are responsible for their pets, there is a likelihood that a significant number of owners across the region have not registered their cat and/or dog at all.”
In the current financial year alone, a staggering 17,317 new cats and dogs have been registered between July 1, 2022, and March 22, 2023. This marks a significant 55% increase compared to the same period in the previous year, highlighting the need for a proactive approach to pet registration and regulation.
Mayor Peter Flannery emphasized the importance of monitoring the cat population and encouraging pet owners to take responsibility for their animals. He expressed concerns about many owners across the region who have failed to register their cats and dogs.
"While the majority of cat and dog owners in Moreton Bay are responsible for their pets, there is a likelihood that a significant number of owners across the region have not registered their cat and/or dog at all," Mayor Flannery stated.
"It's important that we closely monitor our cat population and ensure people take responsibility for their pets so they don't escape and become a threat to native animals."
The Council's Systematic Inspection Program is crucial in encouraging compliance and preventing complacency among pet owners. By implementing a programmed approach to registration, the Council aims to address issues related to keeping cats and dogs in the region effectively.
Mayor Flannery acknowledged the positive contribution of responsible pet owners who have registered their animals, helping the Council in its efforts to ensure a safer and more accountable pet population. He expressed gratitude to those who have already taken steps to comply with registration requirements.
The benefits of cat and dog registration extend beyond mere compliance. Registration enables a lost and found service, allowing pets to reunite quickly with their owners. Additionally, the identification system provided by registration assists in resolving nuisances caused by cats and dogs, as Council Officers can quickly identify the owners responsible.
The four new inspection programs approved by the Council will be implemented as follows:
Program 1: July 1, 2023, to September 30, 2023.
Program 2: October 1, 2023, to December 15, 2023.
Program 3: January 8, 2024, to March 31, 2024.
Program 4: April 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024.
Pet owners in Moreton Bay are encouraged to visit the Council's website at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Animals/Registration for more information on registration requirements and to learn about the benefits of responsible pet ownership.
By actively participating in the Systematic Inspection Program and ensuring their cats and dogs are registered, residents can contribute to the preservation of native wildlife and help maintain a harmonious coexistence between pets and the environment.