New dogs to be microchipped
IF Tiger ever goes on the prowl he won’t be lost for long.
Neither will thousands of other animals, once Rockhampton Regional Council makes microchipping mandatory.
As of December all pet owners are required to have new dogs microchipped at the point of supply, to comply with provisions of the Animal Management Act 2009.
Torenbeek Vet Clinic owner Lester Torenbeek couldn’t be happier with the prospect.
“It’s a good thing because so many pets get lost,” he said.
“It certainly makes it more likely to find the owner in a hurry.”
Currently Torenbeek Vet Clinic microchips about 20 animals each week.
But with 14,010 dogs registered in the region, RSPCA Senior Inspector Shayne Towers-Hammond said there were thousands without microchips.
“Dog tags are just not good enough any more,” he said yesterday.
“Thousands of animals are euthanised because their owner cannot be found.
“It (microchip) is the best way to identify an animal, particularly when it is lost, and it will stay with the animal after death. It’s a massive positive for the Rockhampton Region and the RSPCA is 100% behind it.”
The microchip regulations do not currently relate to cats.
The Act requires dogs to be microchipped at the point of supply or before 12 weeks of age.
However, a council spokeswoman said all pet owners were encouraged to microchip.
Council said 55% of all animal-related infringements for the month of November were for unregistered dogs.
“Council will continue to take a low-tolerance approach for failure to comply with requirements to register dogs,” the spokeswoman said.
Mr Torenbeek said the microchip procedure did not hurt.
He said prices varied between $40 and $65, depending on the vet clinic.