Dogs will die unless homes can be found
THIRTEEN dogs many be dead by the end of tomorrow as the pound overflows with homeless animals.
Red Collar Rescue founder Sharyn Banks said dogs were coming to the pound faster than the not-for-profit organisation could house them and said the Bundaberg Regional Council was forced to make tough decisions.
"They don't like killing dogs, they don't want to do it, but they hold off as long as they can," Ms Banks said.
Bundaberg Regional Council health and regulatory services spokesman Wayne Honor said the dogs had "past the prescribed holding timeframe" of three days for unregistered and five days for registered dogs.
He said it was an "absolutely heart wrenching" process for the workers of the pound who have already euthanised 43 dogs and 24 cats this year.
Ms Banks yesterday said she had until 10am Friday to find homes for the dogs or they too, would be killed.
"If I ring them up and say I'm not taking those dogs, they'll have to call in the vet," she said.
With the pound not offering adoptions directly from the site, the only saviour for the animals is organisations like Red Collar Rescue and the RSPCA.
Ms Banks said Red Collar Rescue worked their hardest to find the dogs homes but said she simply could not guarantee the safety of all the dogs, especially this week.
She said she would go in today and collect the dogs she managed to home, but said the other 13, she couldn't help.
"I know if I turn around and walk out the door of that pound, I've just sentenced those dogs to death," she said.
"No one should have to feel like that, it messes with your head."
Ms Banks said she spends her days pleading with dog groups around the Wide Bay region and as far as Brisbane to take the dogs.
And while this week her plea was more desperate than usual, she said every week the pound was faced with a new set of desperate abandoned faces.
"I now work full-time as a volunteer (for Red Collar Rescue) just to save these dogs lives," she said.
"You have no idea how heartbreaking it is, as soon as I get one a home, there's another one waiting at the door."
Ms Banks said dog owners needed to be more responsible and realise dogs were not disposable.
"They have feelings, they're now in the pound wondering where their owners are," she said.
She believed it was too easy for people to get a free dog from advertisements and markets.
"People get a free puppy, they don't look after it, they just get it and have it while it's fun, then take it to the pound and go and get a new free puppy," she said.
Cr Honor urged dog owners to ensure their animals were registered, microchipped, desexed and take all the steps to ensure they were appropriately confined within their premises.
Red Collar Rescue had helped home 1400 dogs in four years since the organisation was founded and Ms Banks said all the 1400 dogs came from the Bundaberg region.
She said the 13 dogs currently on death row weren't mistreated or malnourished, but were healthy dogs.
"Somebody has fed those dogs, why is it then so easy for them to just turn their back and walk away," she said.
"How they do it, I don't understand."
Can you adopt a dog from Red Collar Rescue to help? Call Sharyn on 0421 635 189.