A little message from the Government and Miss Julie Angove about registering your dogs.
We hear at the RiotACT are very pro-dog-stories, and pro-anything-that-gives-us-an-excuse-to-post-puppy-photos-stories.
“People often forget to update personal details when circumstances in life change. I’d like to remind dog owners of the need to update their microchip and registration details when they change residence, change ownership to someone else or their dog passes away. It is also important for people to register their dogs with DAS when they move to Canberra,” Ms Angove said.
“Once a dog is registered it must wear its registration tag or a tag that displays the registration number. This ensures that pets can be returned home quickly and easily if found lost.
“Recently, a kelpie named Indy was impounded at DAS after being found roaming on a sporting field. Luckily, Indy was registered and microchipped with current information so Rangers were able to contact her owner who collected her two hours later. If Indy wasn’t registered and microchipped, the Rangers may have had difficulty in finding her owners, causing much more stress on Indy and the owner.
“To update a dog’s registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the forms to register at Canberra Connect shopfronts, Domestic Animal Services and www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au.
“Microchip information is not managed by the ACT Government and needs to be updated by the company that provided the microchip. The company’s contact details are on the documentation provided at the time the dog was microchipped, but can also be found through the vet if needed.
“Anyone looking for their lost dog should contact DAS by phoning 13 22 81 or visiting the Impounded Dogs page at www.tams.act.gov.au to see if their dog is currently being held at the Mugga Lane facility.”
Ms Angove also reminded people of the rules surrounding walking dogs in public places.
“Not everyone is comfortable with other people’s dogs, so be mindful to keep dogs on leash in public areas.
“People who wish to take their dogs off the leash can do so in any of the five off-leash enclosed dog parks located in Belconnen (Diddams Close), Greenway (Mortimer Lewis Drive), Yarralumla (Weston Park), Forde (Amy Ackman Drive), and Casey (Springbank Rise), and in various other parts of Canberra marked as dog off leash areas,” Ms Angove said.