De­sex­ing dog­fight sees a re­sult

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Fund­ing al­lo­cated to de­sex dogs be­fore they leave the dis­trict’s pound is a win for Meg Wil­son, who is fight­ing to con­trol the dis­trict’s dog pop­u­la­tion.

Pu­taruru’s Wil­son, the founder of the pet an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion PAWs, made a sub­mis­sion along with seven oth­ers to the South Waikato 2015/ 25 Long Term Plan and their wish was granted.

Un­der the Adopt- a- dog pro­gramme, an an­nual $3500 of ratepay­ers’ money will be put to­wards de­sex­ing.

While there is still a long way to go, Wil­son was stoked to hear the news.

‘‘It was just . . . won­der­ful . . . I think it’s a start, that’s just another av­enue we can block.’’

And she hoped to see the re­sults in a year’s time.

‘‘ It wouldn’t hap­pen in­stantly, I would like to see, in a year or so, a huge drop in num­bers.’’

Wil­son said the PAWs com­mit­tee had dis­cussed the idea for about three years and the Long Term Plan was an op­por­tu­nity to make it hap­pen.

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­son, an over- pop­u­la­tion of dogs causes is­sues like dogs bit­ing peo­ple, fight­ing, and ‘‘ de­posits’’ left on the streets.

It would just get worse if some dogs con­tin­ued to pro­duce, she said.

‘‘Some of the big­ger dogs can have 14 or 15 in a lit­ter.’’

PAWs has con­trib­uted $350,000 to the South Waikato and Thames com­mu­nity since it was es­tab­lished 51⁄ years ago.

2 The main fo­cus of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is to fund de­sex­ing cam­paigns.

Group man­ager of reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Sharon Robin­son said sub­mit­ters put for­ward a con­vinc­ing case.

‘‘ We agree with the sub­mit­ters on the Long Term Plan that de­sex­ing dogs be­fore they are re­homed will con­trib­ute to the re­duc­tion in the num­ber of un­wanted pup­pies in the com­mu­nity.’’

Dogs will be de-sexed at the vet­eri­nar­ian clinic be­fore go­ing to their new home. ‘‘The pound is not an ap­pro­pri­ate fa­cil­ity for a dog con­va­lesc­ing af­ter surgery to be housed, so this op­er­a­tion will only oc­cur once a new home has been found.’’

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