Tough to get, but dog licences a must

2013-04-03 00:00

DOG licensing in the city has not fallen away, it is just that the office is not easy to find and appears under-resourced.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma confirmed that dogs in Pietermaritzburg still require a licence.

Zuma’s response was to complaints from residents as summed up in Tony Walters’ sorry tale of his search for a dog licence.

Walters said last year he was told to get his dog licence from room 80 at the municipal market. On arrival there, he was directed to the traffic department in Washington Road.

There, he waited for a cashier who, when she arrived, said she did not have the correct forms for the new year. He insisted on filling in the old form and paying to save another trip to the office, only to hit the next hurdle. There was no float and therefore no change. Walters said the cashier eventually got some change from the traffic office and although he was left 10 cents short, he was happy.

He was then told that the disks were not ready so he would have to return to fetch them. He asked for them to be posted to him and received two lots of discs.

Walters’ concern is that from the numbers on his disks it was evident that very few licences were being issued and he wondered whether it was worthwhile for the council to continue licensing dogs given the costs of the actual disks, the forms required and the staff required to administer the process.

Zuma said not only will dogs continue to be licensed in the city, but dog licensing by-laws were under review. “In time all matters relating to dog licensing will be adequately addressed,” he added.

According to Zuma, the licensing inspectorate had been relocated to Mkondeni at the same premises as the municipal market.

However, licensing administration was at 21 Washington Road and this was where members of the public needed to go to apply for their licences. He said notices to this effect had been displayed at all municipal offices. The forms to be filled in are uniform and the only change is the amount that has to be paid per dog.

Zuma said that it was always standard practise to post the disks to the dog owners. However, to minimise costs, disks are no longer issued and instead owners get a printed licence showing the personal details of the dog owner and details of the dog.

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