Noosa pensioners get free rego if they desex their dogs

NOOSA Council is reminding residents new dog registration charges take effect this year.

The new structure rewards pensioners with free registration if they de-sex their dogs.

Dog owners, generally, will pay less if their pet is desexed.

However, the council will no longer offer a discount for dogs that are microchipped, to reflect changes in state law.

This means that most dog owners will pay $30 a year.

"It's in all dog owners' interest to microchip their pets to help reunite them if the dog gets lost," Noosa Council acting local laws manager Phil Amson said.

"As it is now a legal requirement for dogs to be microchipped Council will no longer offer a discount as an incentive to comply. .

"Registration for a desexed dog is $30, or free with a pensioner discount. That compares with $140 to register a dog that has not been desexed or $115 with the concession.

He praised Noosa residents for desexing their pets, with the Shire recording one of the highest de-sexing rates in Queensland.

Mr Amson said that the second highest number of calls received by Council from the public was about dogs and responding to them was both time consuming and costly.

"In July, for example, local laws officers spent more than 450 hours dealing with stray dogs, following up complaints about barking dogs, investigating dog attacks and other animal management activities."

The council believes that the new fee structure is fair and will recoup most of the costs of the service that the council provides.

It is mailing out annual registration renewal forms from September 1.

The regulated dog registration will rise from $257 to $400 per year.

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