New laws burden citys dog owners
TOUGH new animal registration laws being enforced across the state still have tongues wagging in the Rose City and show dogs are the latest hot topic.
A local show dog owner – who chose not to be identified – said she and fellow dog owners were struggling to meet the fees set by Southern Downs Regional Council.
“It’s a big problem and when you go to a show, it is what everyone is talking about,” she said.
The woman is on a pension and said council’s announcement to hire an extra staff member to enforce the new laws was baffling in this post-flood period.
“I think registration must be a bit of a money-maker for council – I know they don’t have any money after the floods but they can afford to put on extra animal control staff,” she said.
The woman said some councils offered discounted rates for pensioners and said she believed implementing a similar policy in the Southern Downs would be popular.
“Most people showing dogs are older and female and sometimes they have a few dogs because they keep the old ones when they stop showing them,” she said.
“$110 for a dog on a pension is a huge amount and I worry that some people will be forced to put their dogs down or re-home them because they can’t afford to register them.”
A Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman yesterday said the fee burden would ease for some dog owners, with council agreeing to a 50% reduction in fees for those currently registered with Dogs Qld.
But there will be no similar reprieve for pensioners, with council saying the discount would not be extended to them.
“It costs us the same amount of money to process a pensioner’s dog as another person’s dog and council decided that other ratepayers should not subsidise this,” she said.
“The fee covers the processes council has to go through for initial registration, maintaining registration, purchase of tags, and other elements.”