Moira Shire Council is urging almost 500 of the shire’s 6500 pet owners to follow up their outstanding annual pet registration to avoid potential fines.
Reminder notices were issued in May for pet owners who did not renew their registration.
Moira Shire infrastructure general manager Andrew Close urged residents to make sure their pets were registered and to notify the council if circumstances had changed.
‘‘It’s really important for pet owners to register their pet but it’s equally important to advise us in writing if the pet no longer lives at the address on the registration,’’ Mr Close said.
‘‘The community generally recognises that pet registration helps with responsible pet ownership and public safety, but it can come as a surprise to learn that you need to let us know in writing that a pet is deceased or no longer living at the address to avoid fines being inadvertently issued.’’
Victorian legislation requires Moira Shire Council to maintain up-to-date records of all pets within the shire.
Mr Close said keeping your address up to date could also avoid ending up in court for failing to respond to correspondence.
‘‘We must have written notification of the death of a pet or if it no longer lives in the shire,’’ Mr Close said.
‘‘Unfortunately we are unable to accept verbal confirmation.’’
Victorian state legislation requires all cats and dogs more than three months old to be registered.