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Dogs and cats face death as pound and shelters overflow

ANIMAL WELFARE: An unclaimed dog in the Bundaberg Pound. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ANIMAL WELFARE: An unclaimed dog in the Bundaberg Pound. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

DEATH row is the prospect facing countless dogs and cats as owners fail to rescue their pets from Bundaberg Regional Council's pound.

>> View council list of impounded dogs

>> Browse pets for adoption at Red Collar Rescue 

Each year the council is forced to euthanise numerous animals, with 14 cats and 23 dogs already put down between July and September this year.

While Red Collar Rescue at Biggenden takes in death row dogs, they are currently filled to capacity, even before the Christmas period begins, which generally sees an increase in abandoned pets.

Yesterday there were 22 dogs and cats on the council's website and unless their owners pick them up, the council could be forced to euthanise them all.

The council's waste and regulatory services branch manager James Stanfield said of the dogs currently listed as impounded, all that were not claimed would need to be re-housed or euthanised this week.

"If our partner organisations can't take them we will need to euthanise them," he said.

"An unregistered dog will only be held three days whereas a registered dog will be held five days before a decision has to be made."

Mr Stanfield said the council was considering building a new pound facility to house the number of dogs they handled every week.

"Council has a good working relationship with the RSPCA, Red Collar Rescue and a number of specialist breed re-housing schemes that are used to re-home as many dogs as possible," he said.

"Unfortunately even these schemes are unable to handle the numbers of dogs in question and some dogs need to be euthanised."

Mr Stanfield said council's animal control officers were dog lovers who struggle with the concept of putting down dogs.

"As you can imagine, this is not a duty they enjoy," he said.

Mr Stanfield said people had to take more responsibility for its animals and the impact they have on the rest of society.

"Breeding must be limited and controlled so we are meeting and not exceeding demand," he said.

It comes as an e-petition with more than 1500 signatures called for state laws to be introduced for cats and dogs over six months old to be de-sexed.

However Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh said mandatory desexing in Queensland would not be backed by the State Government, leaving regulations up to local governments.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council, editors picks, red collar rescue



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