I have recently returned to Sydney and so I was looking to trying and register my dog with the council. My position has always been that I don't really understand why I should have register my pet in the first place, he's microchipped and wears a collar for the purposes of helping us to be reunited should anything happen so essentially it appears to be another tax, this time for owning a pet. Nothing we can do about taxes I guess.
My point today though is that I went to the Council website with the intention of starting the process of registering my dog, but I've left the website now, my dog no closer to being registered because the whole process seemed so counter intuitive. My dog is not desexed and so the fee to register him is $182 as compared to $49 if he were. Seems a bit steep really and unlike other states, there are no discounts if the dog is trained and/or microchipped. It's worded differently too, in other states there was a standard registration fee and then discounts offered for conditions met that they had identified as increasing the chances your dog will be a happy member of society (one of which was desexing) but in Sydney it comes across as a punishment.
Then, if I did register him should my circumstances change (say I move house, the dog dies etc) and I don't notify them within the specified time periods, I face a fine of up to $8800. That's incredibly steep.
But let's say I just ignore the whole thing and opt not to register him at all, the fine is $165. Now if I was someone who made my decisions based purely on the figures...
Talking in my office today, half the pet owners didn't even know you had to register your pet (certainly none of the cats) and almost all the rest have it in their 'to do' pile. No-one has been caught. Obviously I'm not asking anyone to admit to breaking the law, but does anyone have any idea around registration compliance in Sydney?