Shelter’s clo­sure has grim results

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

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.”

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