Beware of dog licensing blitz

2010-09-22 00:00

DOG owners beware.

Failure to produce a dog licence, which only costs R10,70, will result in a fine of R239,10.

Mark Wing of Brookby Crescent, Prestbury, who was fined last week, said that when the inspector arrived “all he did was attract my maid’s attention from the gate and hand her a fine”.

“He never asked for a licence.”

Wing said the inspector did not speak to him and he is certain that the inspector did not see his dogs. Looking down the street through his binoculars, he later observed the inspector tapping on people’s gates and when there was no response, he simply wrote out fines and stuck them in their mailboxes.

His entire street was fined, said Wing.

“It’s totally unconstitutional the way in which he acted. You don’t fine everyone and ask questions later, but that’s what the municipality is doing.”

Msunduzi’s marketing and communications manager, Brian Zuma, said licence inspections are an annual exercise conducted randomly and that no particular areas are being targeted.

“In keeping with the dog control by-laws, it is the responsibility of every resident within the Msunduzi area of jurisdiction to ensure that the dogs in their possession are licensed by January of every year,” he said.

Zuma said dog owners who fail to license their dogs can expect to be fined.

He denied that dog owners are not asked to produce their licences.

He said that licensed dog owners who receive notice of a fine should simply provide the municipality with proof that they are indeed licensed for that year and the fine will be cancelled.

Zuma said the municipality publishes reminders in local newspapers for dog owners to renew their licences at the beginning of every year.

Residents requiring dog licences are being charged R10,70 per dog and those with more than two dogs are charged R57,30 for every other dog thereafter, he said.

Zuma said the charges are adjusted on July 1 every year and residents can pick up their dog renewal forms from the municipality’s Bombay Road offices as well as from major supermarkets such as Pick n Pay, Spar and Checkers.

“Details as to how to comply are at the back of the form,” added Zuma.

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