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Responsible pet ownership
It is once again time to renew your pet registration with all registrations
due by Sunday 10 April.
Even if you haven't registered your pet in the past, it is State law that all
dogs and cats over three months of age be micro-chipped and registered
with Council by this date, to avoid an on the spot fine or even legal
New residents are also reminded to register their animals with Council as
registrations do not transfer if you move to a new municipality.
There are many benefits to registering your pet, including improving the
chances of them being returned to you if they wander or become lost.
Council supports responsible pet ownership by providing:
an identification tag for your pet to wear, which further increases the
chances of being re-united with your pet if your pet is lost;
responding to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks, including
• the removal of aggressive dogs from the streets, so you and your pet
can walk safely;
support services for issues such as barking dogs, cat trespass and
after hours emergency service for dog attacks and stock on roads;
control of dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs in your area,
ensuring they don't pose a threat to the community; and
monitoring of pet shops, boarding kennels, catteries, pounds, shelters
and pet breeding and training businesses - this ensures they meet
basic animal welfare standards required by law.
For further information on responsible pet ownership contact Council's Customer
Service Centre on 5320 5500 or visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
Dial Triple Zero (000) in an
It seems there is some confusion and misinformation around which number
to call if you need emergency services.
The number to call for emergency assistance from any telephone in Australia
is triple zero (000).
The only exception to this is if you are hearing or speech impaired, in which
case you should call 106. The hearing and speech impaired emergency
assistance number connects to a text-based relay service and does not
work on fixed line telephones.
The emergency assistance number is always referred to as triple zero, not triple
0. This distinction between the letter 0 and the number 0 is very important
in today's text and SMS savvy world. On most mobiles and phones the
letter o is the same key as the number 6. Dialling triple o, instead of triple
zero means you are actually dialling 666. You will not access emergency
services through this number.
Some mobile phones can connect to emergency assistance by dialling 112;
however this is not available on fixed line telephones or payphones. This
number is routed to the triple zero (000) service. Rumours that dialling
this number 'will take you to the head of the queue' and that 'it is the
only number that will work on mobiles' or 'works when there is no mobile
coverage' are completely untrue. There is no advantage to dialling 112
over triple zero (000).
Dialling 911 in Australia will not connect you to emergency services. 911 is
the American emergency assist number and emergency calls to this number
are not routinely re-routed to triple zero (000).
If you are still unsure about which number to call in an emergency or would
like further information visit www.triplezero.gov.au
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