Register pets or risk fines

IN A bid to stop irresponsible pet owners from anonymously dumping their pets, new legislation will be introduced on July 1 this year.

Compulsory registration of all cats and dogs and compulsory microchipping of pets under 12 weeks of age will come into effect when stage one of the Queensland Government's animal management legislation starts.

It will also be compulsory to update microchip details when transferring pet ownership.

Animal Welfare League veterinarian Catherine Anderson said the new laws were vital to help reunite lost or abandoned dogs with their owners.

“The laws encourage responsible pet ownership because it ensures pets are given an identity that can trace them to their owners,” Dr Anderson said.

“If a dog comes into us injured we can scan it and find out who the owners are so they can be told about it.

“In the past we've had dogs or cats turn up, some have been dead on arrival or passed away, and had no idea who to contact.”

The microchip is similar in size to a grain of rice and is usually inserted in the scruff of the neck providing an individual number used to identify pets through a scanning system.

It will not be mandatory for owners to microchip their pets who are more than 12 weeks old when the legislation commences but it is still highly recommended.

Pet owners will have three months from the start of the new legislation to register their cat or dog.


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