Registration fees to rise, mandatory desexing and microchipping put in place.

Dog registration fees are set to increase, and mandatory desexing and microchipping will be put in place from July next year.

At the District Council of Karoonda East Murray’s (DCKEM) June meeting, members of the council accepted an unchanged 2017/2018 dog registration recommendation document.

Mayor Kevin Burdett said the increase will be modest.

“Fees will go up to $50 from $45, so it’s very minor increase,” he said.

Mandatory desexing is only proposed for new generations of dogs, while all generations of dogs will be required to be microchipped. 

Council will offer two registration fee charges.

A ‘standard’ registration for a dog that is microchipped and desexed, and a ‘non-standard’ registration, for a dog that is not microchipped and desexed. Owners whose dogs fall into the ‘standard’ will be offered a 50 per cent rebate.

Mr Burdett said most councils in the state already offer a rebate and this change will bring the DCKEM forward.

“We also have some minor dog-related issues, and this is a way to make sure we have the best possible management of dogs in our council.”

It is stated on the recommendation document that a consistent message that a ‘standard’ dog is half of the full registration fee will maintain a financial incentive for people to desex and microchip their dog.

Pet owners whose pet is desexed only or microchipped only would not be eligible for a rebate in the 2017/18 registration period. It was believed this may provide a financial incentive for voluntary compliance.

If dog owners want to be eligible for the ‘standard’ category, they would need to ensure their pet is both microchipped and desexed before registering in 2017/18.

The draft Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 proposed the introduction of mandatory desexing and microchipping to reduce the number of animals euthanised each year, leading to a large level of compliance throughout the state.