Shelter’s closure has grim results
Although the figures were high, approximately 50 per cent of animals impounded were reclaimed or rehomed
Council CEO’s report
MORE animals are being put down by the Douglas Shire Council because of a combination of factors over the holiday period.
In a report from the office of the chief executive tabled at the last ordinary meeting, the total number of animals put down in January was 12.
In contrast, the total put down in the last half of 2016 was 18.
In February the number stayed high at 8.
President of Paws and Claws and DSC councillor Michael Kerr drew attention to the confronting numbers during the meeting.
“It’s interesting to see that there were more impounded dogs euthanased in January and February than there was for the rest of the year.
“Whether that's an impact with the animal refuge being closed?”
According to general manager operations Nick Wellwood, the higher numbers were because of a combination of factors including the closure of Paws and Claws and the holiday period, where animals are more likely to be dumped.
“Also Cairns (is) not taking any of our impounded animals. So if the animals aren’t re-fostered or can’t go to another area ... we’ve also had a number of sick and not cared-for animals, but euthanasia was probably the best way forward.”
According to the report, “although the figures were high, approximately 50 per cent of animals impounded were reclaimed or rehomed.”