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Microchip your pet - It works

What a difference a year makes!  One year after Inca was reunited with her owner Peter Pignolet, she’s put on twelve kilos and does not stop wagging her tail.

Council Rangers came across 12 year old Inca just before Christmas 2011.  She was scanned for a microchip, Peter’s phone number came up, a phone call later and Inca was reunited with her owner after disappearing 10 years ago!

Peter recently dropped into Council to thank the Rangers and to show them how well Inca was doing.

“I still can’t believe that we have her back after all that time and I can’t urge everyone strongly enough to get their pets microchipped.  It works!” he said.

More than 150,000 dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year in NSW. Many are impounded because their owner cannot be contacted. Some may end up being rehomed or even destroyed.

To decrease the number of pets that are euthanised each year, the Companion Animals Act requires that all NSW dog and cat owners have their pets permanently identified and registered for life.

Microchipping and registration is a two part process that requires dog and cat owners to:

  1. Have their animals implanted with a microchip from the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first).
  2. Register their animals with their NSW local council by 6 months of age.

Registration can be completed at any NSW local council. The fees are set under legislation as follows:

  • $40 for a desexeddog or cat;
  • $150 for an entire or un desexed dog or cat;
  • $40 for an entire or unde sexed dog or cat owned by a registered breeder;
  • $15 for a desexed dog or cat owned by an eligible pensioner.

The above fees are one-off registration fees for each dog cat.

Ranger Dianne Culican, Peter Pignolet, Inca and Ranger Mal Hamilton

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Media Communication Officer
Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.