Ne­glect prompts new laws

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

STAG­GER­ING rates of an­i­mal mis­man­age­ment have prompted the South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to in­tro­duce new “an­i­mal re­moval” laws for non-com­pli­ant own­ers, giv­ing the coun­cil power to seize and, in some cases, de­stroy an­i­mals when own­ers fail to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions.

A re­moval no­tice may be is­sued when an owner has been un­re­spon­sive to com­pli­ance no­tices. The laws will re­quire own­ers or au­tho­rised per­sons to per­ma­nently re­move the an­i­mal from a spec­i­fied area or de­stroy it in cases where the an­i­mal is un­suit­able to re­home or has se­ri­ous health is­sues.

South­ern Downs Mayor Tracy Do­bie said re­moval no­tices were a nec­es­sary last re­sort.

“Giv­ing some­one a com­pli­ance no­tice and peo­ple not com­ply­ing doesn’t achieve any­thing,” Cr Do­bie said.

South­ern Downs ARK pres­i­dent and an­i­mal res­cue of­fi­cer Ann Si­mon said the laws might go some way to re­duc­ing the rate of an­i­mal ne­glect.

In three years, South­ern Downs ARK has res­cued about 280 dogs and 2500 cats from the South­ern Downs re­gion.

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