The Mercury, Tasmania, Oct 3 2011
TO chip or not to chip is no longer the question for dog owners. It’s the law.
Legislation passed in July made it compulsory for dog owners to micro-chip their canine friends.
However, despite the new legislation, confusion still reigns over exactly what micro-chipping provides and why dogs must be both micro-chipped and council registered.
Hobart Dogs’ Home manager Alan Norris said many dog owners were confused as to why they had to register their dog with the local council and pay a further fee, which can be as much as $80.
“Registering your dog or pet with the local council is an annual cost for keeping a domestic animal on your premises,” he said.
“Micro-chipping is a one-off cost for linking your pet directly to your home address and contact details.”
Owners who refuse or forget to comply with registration, may receive a hefty fine from their council.
A first-time fine can mean a cost of $130 and repeated failure to comply with the council legislation can result in a court appearance and a fine of $650.
Dogs can be micro-chipped at Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania, your vet or the RSPCA.
Micro-chipping is the method of matching your dog with your personal details for a one-off fee of $45.
Every chip contains a unique code that links to a national database containing the owners details. It can be accessed instantly by entering a personal password assigned to the owner at the time the dog is micro-chipped.
Registration forms are available from your local council or can be downloaded from your council website.
Writer Mellissa Lucas is a journalism student at Griffith University.