Mitchell Shire Council is reminding residents of the importance in registering their cats and dogs, and updating details, after a small dog dubbed Popeye could not find his way home.

The Chihuahua was handed to a Mitchell Shire ranger, when it was found to be microchipped – but the owners had not changed the details and the breeder was still listed.

During a visit to the vet, it was found that Popeye’s eye was decomposing and would need to be removed.

After an extensive callout for his owner, council, the vet and Save A Dog Scheme made the decision to have the surgery performed.

Little Popeye was taken into foster care by a council staff member and will be taken to Save A Dog Scheme to be rehomed.

The dog’s friendly nature make him an ideal candidate for rehoming post-surgery – anyone interested in adopting the dog, can call 9824 7928 or visit www.saveadog.org.au.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said dog and cat registrations were important as it allowed council to find owners and get animals home as soon as possible.

He said the first time a dog was picked up by council, officers will work with owners on how to avoid the animal getting lost again. The second time could result in further action.

“Popeye is a good example of how much work council, organisations like Save A Dog Scheme and local veterinarians work together to get the best outcomes for vulnerable animals across Mitchell Shire,” he said.

“Animals are part of many families in our community, so that is why it is imperative that people register their cats and dogs and update the details associated with their animals.

“Up to date information will allow us to get your pets back to you as soon as possible and that is the most important aspect of the registration process.”

Cr Chisholm said if a dog or cat was not registered, council was unable to release the animal until it is registered.

Every dog and cat over three months old are required to be registered with council.

To be registered, all animals must be microchipped.

For more information, please visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/petregistration

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