Owners face higher fines for unregistered dogs

DOG owners who repeatedly fail to register their pet in Gladstone will now face harsher penalties.

Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday approved changes to Local Law No.2, giving the council power to seize dogs and issue higher fines.

The punishment for having an unregistered dog is a $227 fine.

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Now the council will be able to issue a second notice with a $569 fine.

The third notice could include seizure, and the owner would have to pay another fine to get their dog back.

"This will allow for an escalation of penalties for owners of dogs who remain unregistered, including seizure as a final resort," council's director for planning and environment Leisa Dowling said at Tuesday's meeting.

Previously the council only had powers to continue issuing $227 fines.



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