Dog registration month is about to begin around the country, and the Ashburton District Council is reminding local dog owners to make sure they register or re-register their pets and working dogs by 31 July.
Council Environmental Services Chairperson, Councillor Peter Reveley says, "It's important that owners register their dogs on time as part of being a responsibile owner, and to avoid late penalties.
"All dogs three months old and over must be registered with the Council before the end of the July, so don't leave it to the last minute and risk being late."
Those with the same registration details can re-register online using an up-to-date web browser at www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/dogregistration
If registration details have changed, such as address, owner or the dog has passed away, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Council on 03 307 7700 and those changes can be made. You can then register your pet online. Alternatively, visit the Council office at 5 Baring Square West to register in person.
If dogs are not registered by 31 July, late fees can apply. Infringement notices may then be issued from 1 September if they remain unregistered. After that time, the Council may seize unregistered dogs from 11 September, which Mr Reveley says is not a pleasant task for Council to have to do.
"Please do the right thing and avoid these outcomes by registering your dogs this July."