Canberra’s furry friends can now be returned home faster, with dog owners now required to annually update their details.

The new law came into effect July 1, as part of a digital dog database for the ACT.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel says this will help keep both our dogs and the broader community safe.

“The new system will address the challenges we currently face with lifetime registration, as owners rarely tell government when they change address or phone number, transfer their dog’s ownership to someone else, or their pet passes away. This can be a particular problem when dog attacks unfortunately happen or there is concern about dangerous dogs.

“The main benefit to dog owners in updating their details is that it will enable Domestic Animals Services to return lost dogs back to them as quickly as possible.”

Details can be updated each year for free, with owners reminded via email, text or post.

Update your dog’s details online here.

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