Menu
Lifestyle

Ipswich dog owner dubs council price hike a 'revenue grab'

COSTLY KEEP: Keith Pearson, pictured with Bella and Blaze, is upset his dog registration fees have increased.
COSTLY KEEP: Keith Pearson, pictured with Bella and Blaze, is upset his dog registration fees have increased. Rob Williams

A PASSIONATE greyhound owner for 30 years, Keith Pearson doesn't just love his dogs when they're out on the track winning races, he continues to nurture them long after they've retired.

But his love comes at a significant cost - and it's only getting worse.

Due to the animal welfare policy adopted by state and local governments in an effort to discourage excessive dog breeding, the registration fees for non-desexed dogs has skyrocketed to $165 in Ipswich in the last 12 months, an increase of $30 per dog.

 

Keith Pearson is upset at the amount dog registration costs.
Keith Pearson is upset at the amount dog registration costs. Rob Williams

Mr Pearson said it was now getting to the point where it was difficult for an ordinary working person to get their pets registered if they were not willing or able to get them desexed.

Mr Pearson's greyhounds, named Bella and Blaze, are former racing dogs that he now keeps as pets.

"I think it's fair enough to have registration fees and to charge a bit more if they aren't desexed," Mr Pearson said.

"I would be happy to pay $60-$100.

"But it has cots me $330 for my two dogs this year, and that's $60 more than last year.

"To me it looks like a revenue grab."

Ipswich City Council health, security and regulatory services spokesperson Sheila Ireland said the registration fees were not a cash grab, but an incentive for dog owners to do the right thing.

 

Keith Pearson is upset his dog registration fees have increased. Here he is with his greyhounds, Bella and Blaze.
Keith Pearson is upset his dog registration fees have increased. Here he is with his greyhounds, Bella and Blaze. Rob Williams

The fee for registering a desexed dog is comparitively miniscule, at $35.

"It is cheaper in the long-run to get your dogs desexed," Cr Ireland said.

"The reason we do this is to reduce the numbers of unwanted pups.

"The State Government has recently passed new rules on dogs being sold and given away. It's council that has to do the paper work and the follow-up and field all the phone calls, so that's why we encourage it."

On May 26 this year, the State Government introduced new laws requiring all new puppies being sold, given away, supplied or advertised to have a breeder identification number, known as a Supply Number.

The RSPCA welcomed the initiative, saying it would help to reduce the scourge of illegal puppy farms.

But the laws were met with scepticism by some ethical breeders, who argued the cowboys would not be deterred.

Topics:  dog owner dogs greyhounds ipswich city council pet registration



Business expert reveals top issues for 2017/2018

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce president Neil Coupland.

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce president talks business

Christmas kids, dogs, lights and bikes

Christmas lights.

Here are some of our favourites from the shout out

Local Partners

New 'Silly Santa' photo trend banishes awkward Santa pics

FORGET your traditional Santa photos — these pictures are putting the ‘naughty’ into nice family portraits this Christmas with the man in red.

Christmas donations charities don’t want

Major Neil Dickson from the Salvation Army at a Christmas hamper packing station. Picture: Jono Searle.

Christmas donations: The do’s and don’t of gift-giving to charities

How did this law still exist in 2017?

Anna Thompson with her daughter Emily

The hardest conversation women have with their boss just got easier

Why do we care if women sunbathe topless?

Why do people take issue at the sight of a topless woman on the beach? (iStock)

Why do some people find boobs so offensive?

Galactica: Second actress named as ‘cult member’

Battlestar Galactica’s Nicki Clyne is good friends with Smallville star Allison Mack. Picture: Instagram

A Battlestar Galactica star is the second actress to be identified

premium_icon Moves to smash church celibacy, confession

Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Stephen's Cathedral. Picture: Tara Croser

Core parts of the church are behind rampant child sex abuse: report

GOOD NEWS STORY: 15yo donates pay packet to needy families

Salvation Army representative Captain Steve Spencer with Zoe McLellan.

Her boss inspired her after she donated $1000.