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Griffith City Council has issued a reminder to pet owners to make sure their four-legged friends are safe and secure.

Director Sustainable Development, Phil Harding, said Council has a zero tolerance towards wandering animals and it is important for owners to ensure pets, especially dogs, are kept under effective control.

“If a dog escapes from its yard or runs off, any damage or harm it causes is the owner’s responsibility,” Mr Harding said.

“Dog owners are liable if their dog attacks a person or another animal. Active measures need to be taken to ensure yards, fences and gates are secure at all times.”

Mr Harding said under The Companion Animals Act 1998, cat and dog owners must take two steps to provide their pet with lifetime protection. These are Permanent Microchip Identification and Lifetime Registration.

Pet owners are also required to notify Council if they change their address or telephone number, if the pet is re-homed or has died, if a dog is declared dangerous, or if the animal has been missing for more than 72 hours.

“Dogs and cats should be permanently identified through microchipping before 12 weeks of age,” Mr Harding said.

“Microchipping is typically carried out by a vet, but can also be done by animal welfare organisations and other authorised organisations, Griffith City Rangers are also authorised Identifiers.

“It is a very safe, almost painless and low-cost procedure that inserts a rice-sized microchip containing an identification number in between your pet’s shoulders.

It’s important your registration and microchipping details are up to date so we can get your pet home to you safe and sound.”

Griffith City Council offers a microchipping service for the cost of $45 per dog or cat.

At the time of microchipping, a Permanent Identification/Registration Form must be completed.

A copy of this form will be sent to the Griffith Council Administration Office who will then forward a Certificate of Identification.

From the time a cat or dog is 12 weeks old, it must also wear an identification disc/tag with the owner’s name and contact number.

The microchip has a unique identification number, and the registration connects that number to the owner. This means that registered pets are more easily returned safe and sound to their owners if they stray.

Registration is easy to do and is a one-off, lifetime payment. A lifetime registration fee is payable once only for the lifetime of your cat or dog in NSW.

Reduced registration fees are eligible for de-sexed animals and for pension card holders.

Life Time Registration can be done by visiting Griffith City Council Administration Office at 1 Benerembah Street, Griffith. Registration will link your pet’s microchip identification number to your contact details on the NSW Companion Animals Register. Privacy controls ensure the confidentiality of your information.

Council’s website has all the information you need about pet ownership.