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Don't forget to register your dog now and save

Don't forget to register your dog now and save

Waikato district dog owners are reminded to register their dogs by 20 July to qualify for the prompt payment discount.

By now all dog owners should have received their renewal notices reminding them that registration for the year 01 July 2014 – 30 June 2015 is due and the Council is offering a saving of up to $22 for those who register their dog promptly.

Waikato District Council General Manager Customer Support Sue Duignan said she was pleased with the response from dog owners so far.

“We’ve had more than 1000 dogs registered already which is great to see. I encourage the remaining dog owners to register soon to get the discount and keep their dog legal.”

With more than 13,000 dogs in our district, Ms Duignan said registration played an important role.

“Registration fees enable our Animal Control team to maintain a high presence in our communities and protect the safety of both the dogs and the public through regular patrolling and education programmes in schools and kindergartens.”

If you are a new dog owner or already have approved status the dog registration fee is $91 (or $69 if you pay before 20 July). The Council’s policy is that all new dog owners are ‘approved’. The onus is then with the owner to show they are a good dog owner who takes responsibility for their pet.

If you have general owner status the fee is $117 (or $96 with the discount) and selected or farm dog fees are $62 (or $41 with the discount).

Failure to register a dog can result in dogs being seized, an infringement fine of $300 or prosecution.

More information on dog registrations is available on Council’s website www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz


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