Thursday, July 18, 2024

Plastic tags in the doghouse for Christchurch

Christchurch City Council is rolling out sustainable metal dog registration tags to replace the previous plastic tags, which had to be re-issued annually.

Council’s new rectangular dog tags will have a unique identification number on them and will replace the coloured plastics discs which were thrown out and replaced every year, it said in a statement.

“There are more than 40,000 dogs registered in Christchurch so the new metal tags are the sustainable, future-proofed option with at least 40,000 plastic tags not going into the red bin every year,” said Council’s Animal Services Manager, Lionel Bridger.

“At the moment people have to pay their registration and then wait for their new tags to arrive in the mail so having lifelong tags will speed up the registration process.”

The new system will mean the only thing dog owners need to do will be to pay their registration each year.

The new dog tags will also have a QR code on them, generated by a company called Tag King. For $20, owners can use the QR code to store their contact information. Then if their dog goes missing, anyone who finds the dog will be able to scan the QR code and find out who the owners are so they can be reunited.

“We want to stress, this is an optional service and you have to opt into it, and is completely separate from your registration fees with us,” Mr Bridger says.

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