Rockhampton’s Rene McDonald is glad to have her dog Buddha back home after he went missing.
Rockhampton’s Rene McDonald is glad to have her dog Buddha back home after he went missing. Sharyn Oneill

Tag leads to pet's safe return

REGISTERING her beloved staffy Buddha was the best decision Rene McDonald ever made.

The Rockhampton woman feared the worst when the staffy went missing on Sunday morning, but thanks to his licensed tag he was safely returned home.

"He was just gone when we got up Sunday morning," Rene said.

"My husband went looking for him and then I did, teary-eyed."

After having no luck, Rene went to a friend's house.

When she returned there was a council letter in her mailbox informing her that the affectionate Buddha had been delivered to the pound.

"That made me cry again," she said. "I'm just so grateful to whoever picked him up.

"I wouldn't be able to survive without him."

Rene was reunited with three-year-old Buddha on Monday morning. "He's just fathered seven puppies so I'm glad he's alright," she said.

Rene urged anyone with animals to get them registered.

"It isn't that much and if you love your pets as much as I do it's worth it," she said.

Under the current Animal Management Act, all cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age must be registered.

If they aren't, a $200 fine may apply.

For more information about registering your pet visit rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au or phone 4927 7362.

REGISTERING YOUR PETS

All cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age must be registered

Dog: $95, desexed $28, desexed & microchipped $14

Cat: $25, desexed $12.50, desexed & microchipped $6

Registration covers a maximum of 12 months from September 1 each year.



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