Dog Registration Amnesty Day

Friday 23 March, 2018

Owners of unregistered dogs are being given a chance to register their dog without incurring a penalty or fines in April, as part of an amnesty day run by the Ashburton District Council.

On Saturday 7 April, the Council will not issue infringements to dog owners who haven’t already registered their pets. The registration fee on the day will cover the remainder of the 2017/18 year (ending 30 June), meaning dogs in urban areas will cost $18.50 to register, while rural and de-sexed dogs will cost $12.00. A vet certificate will be required as proof of de-sexing.

The Council will be holding the amnesty day at the Ashburton Dog Shelter in an attempt to encourage more dog owners to do the right thing and register their pets. As well as waiving any penalties and fines, owners will be able to microchip their dogs for free.

“We have many responsible dog owners in our district who microchip and make sure their dogs are registered each year, but unfortunately there are others who don’t. We want to give these people the opportunity to get their dogs’ microchip and registration sorted without the concern of incurring a late fee. If you have an unregistered dog or one that isn’t microchipped, this is your chance to avoid those costs,” Council Environmental Services Group Manager Jane Donaldson says.

The SPCA will be working with Animal Control services on the day helping to microchip dogs and answering any questions owners may have. They will also have giveaways, sponsored by Purina.

Under the Dog Control Act, all dogs must be registered, and owners who fail to do so can be issued a $300 fine.

Registration fees are used to help fund Council’s animal control services, including responding to and investigating animal complaints, patrols of public places, operation of the dog pound and providing dog safety education programmes. In the 2016/17 year, there were 6,530 dogs registered in the Ashburton District.

The amnesty day will be held at the Ashburton Dog Shelter at 19 Range Street in the Riverside Industrial Estate between ­­­9.00am and 3.00pm on Saturday 7 April.​

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