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Great Result for Animal Registration Audit

Media Release
10 December 2019

City of Darwin’s efforts to increase the number of animal registrations across the municipality are paying dividends, with more than 85% of animals registered in a recent audit.

The three month audit included 8 suburbs in Darwin’s northern suburbs and nearly 6,700 properties. Of the properties audited 446 had unregistered animals, with the suburb of Karama achieving the highest number of registered animals.

Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis was delighted with the results saying “The hard work put in by our officers is paying off.”

“Our focus on positive animal management practices, endorsed by Council in April this year, encourages responsible pet ownership.”

“A cornerstone of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring your pet is registered and all registered pets need to be microchipped.”

In April City of Darwin initiated a campaign to encourage responsible pet ownership – Great Pets Start with You - and held a series of free animal education workshops, registration and free microchipping events across the municipality.

The aim is to encourage owners to register and microchip their pet, secure their pet, desex their pet and act on excessive barking.

"A well trained pet is a happy pet,” said Lord Mayor Vatskalis “regularly walking your dog and ensuring they are obedient will reduce their stress levels and make for a peaceful neighbourhood.”

“If your pet is registered we can quickly reunite you with your pet, release them from the pound for free, provide bark collars and cat traps for free, and pet owners have access to City of Darwin’s Animal Education Officer for free advice on managing behaviours.”

Microchipping and Registration events have been particularly successful in 2019, with 56 animals registered and 17 microchipped at two events.

Additional animal education workshops, registration and free microchipping events are planned for 2020, with details to be available on City of Darwin’s website.

The animal registration audit is continuing and further results are expected in the New Year.

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Audit Results

Month Suburbs Properties
  with unregistered animals
Registered Registered Properties
Dogs Cats
August Karama 79 108 631 65 1469
Malak 105 139 430 46 838
Leanyer 109 131 641 106 1263
TOTAL 293 378 1702 217 3570
September Lyons 22 27 260 57 536
Muirhead 44 54 283 35 881
Nightcliff 21 27 309 50 578
Jingili 35 48 298 36 593
TOTAL 122 156 1150 176 2588
November Tiwi 31 46 293 44 537
TOTAL 31 46 293 44 537
TOTALS 446 580 3145 437 6695

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