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Threat of fine for not registering a non-existent dog

NO DOGS: Dennis Kington who does not own a dog received a notice from the council about unregistered dog/dogs on his property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NO DOGS: Dennis Kington who does not own a dog received a notice from the council about unregistered dog/dogs on his property. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

A SVENSSON Heights couple has been threatened a fine of $227 for not registering their dog.

The only catch is, they don't have a dog.

Dennis Kington said he was confused when he arrived home from a trip away this week and found a letter in his mailbox from Bundaberg Regional Council.

"(The) council's Regulatory Services staff recently inspected your property ....," the letter read.

"This inspection identified that there are unregistered dog/s kept at your property.

"You are required to register all dogs on the property... within 14 days of date of this notice."

The letter went on to state that failure to comply would mean Mr Kington would have to pay a $227 fine.

Mr Kington said he phoned the council and without specifying whether he had a dog or not, asked the council to describe his dog.

"I asked him what colours they were and whether they had long hair or short hair," he said.

"And they couldn't tell me."

Mr Kington said he and his wife have lived in their Svensson Heights home for six years and have never had a dog.

He said none of their neighbours had dogs either.

Mr Kington said the last time the couple had a dog they lived in Gin Gin.

"We lived there for 30 years and had a dog then that was always registered," he said.

"I'd like to know if other people have been in the same situation.

The council's health and regulatory services spokesman Wayne Honor admitted this was not a one-off.

"A few of them have gone out by mistake," Cr Honor said.

He attributed it to a glitch in the council's computer system and said Mr Kington and others who were sent a letter in error would not be forced to pay.

"We're not about handing out fines to people who are not offenders," he said.

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