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    Hi all, Cairns regional council recently did an audit on dog ownership in the area to nab those with unregistered dogs. I have no problem with that but the thing is the dog does not need to be micro-chipped. Now if my dog was lost & picked up by dog control {I wish them luck with my two!} barring an I.D. tag there is no way of knowing the dog is mine & with less than a week before it would be put down, what chance would they have? I was under the impression that the main reason for rego was identification so the owner could be notified or am I mistaken? Could this be just another way for local government to raise money? It is also cheaper if the dog is trained to "level 3 obedience", I contacted council & said that my dogs are fully obedience trained by myself with over ten years experience & was told thats fine! For all they know I could be B/Sing them! It just seems rather pointless as my dogs NEVER go anywhere without me, thoughts?

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    I haven't had to deal with councils in eons as dogs out here outside of town do not have to be registered, (or were last time I checked, about 20 years ago so I could be wrong.)

    The Pound would be the first place I would phone if I lived in town and then on a daily basis so they would be alerted. (the ONLY pound in 70km is 30kms away so there really is only one conceivable one to ring but others further away would be too.) I feel Councils should have some form of registration but do not really feel it should be paid for.

    In saying that though it is a fact of life that it does have to be so a sliding scale with desexed animals getting a discount is good. As far as micro chipping, a vet I was talking to said it is all well and good but until there is a central register it is virtually useless unless the dog/cat is actually on one in that area and not away from home etc. If a dog is taken out of the area then there is virtually buckley's chance of it being on a register there.

    Again that was a few years ago so it may well have all changed so my opinion is based on that premise. If indeed there is a central register than I feel it should be mandatory.

    The behaviour trained thing to my mind is a joke if you could get away with just saying so.
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    I thought the Companion Animals Register was centralised for Australia?

    Even if I didn't have to chip my dogs I still would. Many years back my old dog once crawled through the back hedge and left his collar and ID tag hanging in the bushes... Handy for spotting where he got through but not so handy for knowing where he had got to!!

    And yep, I think it sounds like a revenue drive at your local council Mal... The training story sounds a bit vague. Or maybe they aren't really concerned about the people that take the time to ring up and actually care about the issue??

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    the main reason for rego was identification so the owner could be notified ?
    Nooo-no-nooh ! Councils work for themselves only, and do as little as possible.
    They don’t care about our dogs; they just want our money.
    Since August, Gold Coast council doesn’t send new registration tags after taking our money.
    The last yellow tag will have to do, and if you lose it … pay again.

    Microchips for animals are issued by the Animal Registry in Melbourne, and if the paperwork is completed properly, the animal can be identified in Australia and participating countries.
    Last edited by The Mop; 10-25-2009 at 10:17 PM. Reason: Correcting pidgin

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    I thought most dogs these days were microchipped? (ie- if they are from an animal shelter or reputable breeder). My boy was microchipped by the time he was ready to come home at 10 weeks old. It is good peace of mind, especially when we're visiting other people's houses... of course to go missing he'd have to let me get out of his sight, which is he goes to great lengths to NEVER let happen!

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    Yeah i am beginning to think its all about councils wanting our money... here in NSW you register you dog for life and just pay the fee once.... which we did recently.. went to the council office.. paid the fee.. gave all dog details etc.... over 2 months passed and i had recieved nothing from them and went back into council office to ask.. they told me that the dog doesnt get sent anything... no tag... no paperwork or anything..... so the only way they know if the dog is registered is by her microchip.....
    yet if she has a microchip.. why does she need to be registered?

    Our dogs have slipped collars heaps so we have lost rego tags and name tags heaps... so i think all animals should be microchipped and this includes them being registered on the central animal register...

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    Yeah rego is only about money for council and ownership rights, nothing to do with recovery because its a fining aswell, but thats the way its been for a long time.

    Microchippings a great idea due to collars and tags going missing.

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    You can check your dogs microchip is on a registry here, though not where it's registered
    Pet Address

    There's four different ones. I'm not sure if you can send your chip details to the other ones or not. I haven't asked yet.

    I suspect all NSW councils would require all companion dogs to be registered these days. I suspect there may be an exception for working dogs, but how would the council know. I also think that rego for working dogs might be tax deductable as other working dog expenses are.

    This is a great page, it even has a link to updated dog attack by breed stats (pot stirrer icon)
    Companion Animals - Department of Local Government

    From the rural dogs brochure...

    A working dog is a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.

    ...edit (hunting dogs are not exempt)...
    Under the Companion Animals Act, dogs that meet the definition of a ‘working dog’ are exempt from microchipping and registering when:
    * the working dog resides on land defined and rated as farmland
    under the Local Government Act 1993, or
    * the working dog is kept in the Western Division of NSW, being
    not within a local government area.

    All other working dogs MUST be microchipped and registered.
    However, a nil dollar (free) registration fee applies.

    If it was my working dog - I'd microchip and register anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malinois-72 View Post
    Hi all, Cairns regional council recently did an audit on dog ownership in the area to nab those with unregistered dogs. I have no problem with that but the thing is the dog does not need to be micro-chipped. Now if my dog was lost & picked up by dog control {I wish them luck with my two!} barring an I.D. tag there is no way of knowing the dog is mine & with less than a week before it would be put down, what chance would they have? I was under the impression that the main reason for rego was identification so the owner could be notified or am I mistaken? Could this be just another way for local government to raise money? It is also cheaper if the dog is trained to "level 3 obedience", I contacted council & said that my dogs are fully obedience trained by myself with over ten years experience & was told thats fine! For all they know I could be B/Sing them! It just seems rather pointless as my dogs NEVER go anywhere without me, thoughts?
    Dog registration is simply another way of raising money. We have the poms to thank for it. Hundreds of years ago a tax was put on dogs to raise money to pay for one of the many petty European conlicts and the tax stayed. One King actually put a tax on dog's tails to fund a war but that's another story.....

    Microchipping is still not compulsory in Qld but like Christmas it will come.

    If your dogs are microchipped make sure you don't lose them on the Tablelands. Mareeba Shire Council refuse to buy a scanner as they say it is an unnecessary expense!

    Re. working dogs: Up here registration for a working dog is $5 but you must prove it is actually used for farm work and is not a pet.

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    Hi Guys

    I understand that we all must at some stage pay dog registration. But i did hear that if your dog is by chance picked up they don't ring you to let you know that they have your beloved pet. So what is the point in paying that if they do nothing to reunite owners with their pets. i know the funds are suppose to keep dog parks maintained but I originally thought it was so that the council would let you know your dog has been found?

    Has anyone ever experienced that?
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