7000 reasons Gympie dog owners were hit with new $15 fee
A SOCIAL media backlash against new annual dog fees in the Gympie region was somewhat answered by councillor Bruce Deveraux on Facebook late last week.
But the official council response released this morning has stressed that the fees were brought in to help cover the growing processing and operating costs associated with managing the region’s more than 7000 desexed and microchipped dogs.
“Gympie Regional Council acknowledge that some dog owners in the community are concerned over the introduction of this fee,” the council said.
“The fee was introduced to help cover the growing processing and operating costs associated with managing more than 7000 desexed and microchipped dogs throughout the Gympie region.
“During the Council Ordinary Meeting on July 22, 2020, the new fee was endorsed as part of the 2020-21 Schedule of Fees and Charges.
“The dog registration fees contribute to a variety of dog-related services throughout the region. “These include:
· ranger services that, among other things, protect public safety by securing roaming dogs, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership
· pound services that keep dogs safe until they can be returned home to their owners or rehomed by the RSPCA
· the maintenance of two dog off-leash parks (with additional parks being considered).
“Any new desexed and microchipped dog registrations will not incur a charge for their first registration period only.”