Res­cue an­i­mals find fur-ever love

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

The ugly side of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s pet com­mu­nity was on show in 2018, with al­leged dog mu­ti­la­tions and bait­ings, but that did not stop the pub­lic from help­ing to res­cue al­most 1500 aban­doned and un­wanted an­i­mals.

More than 1440 an­i­mals were taken into the care of six dif­fer­ent an­i­mal res­cue groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der across the year.

The City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der An­i­mal Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity had 1014 an­i­mals come through the pound in 2018, up from 902 the pre­vi­ous year.

Of these an­i­mals, 436 were dogs, 502 were cats and 76 were var­i­ous other an­i­mals in­clud­ing one emu, 20 ducks and two goats.

Of the 436 dogs, 197 were re­turned to their owner, 202 were re-homed and 28 were eu­thanised or dead on ar­rival, al­most 10 more than the pre­vi­ous year. Nine dogs re­main in the pound. Of the 502 cats, 19 were re­turned to own­ers, 255 were re-homed and 205 were eu­thanised, up from 184 the pre­vi­ous year. It is leg­is­lated that pounds eu­thanise any cat deemed feral.

There are still 23 cat in the pound.

RSPCA Gold­fields in­spec­tor Fiona Brown seized 17 an­i­mals in the year, the same as the year be­fore, and had 440 sur­ren­dered to her care, up from 379.

She was as­signed 369 jobs, 44 of which were listed as crit­i­cal and 152 as ma­jor, up from 288, 37 and 126 re­spec­tively.

Out of these jobs 182 ver­bal di­rec­tions were given, up from 156 in 2017, and nine writ­ten, down from 23.

Ms Brown said her big­gest con­cern of 2018 was the over­pop­u­la­tion of dogs and cats, but pet own­ers fail­ing to vac­ci­nate their an­i­mals was also an area of con­cern high­lighted by a parvo out­break and sub­se­quent dog deaths.

“Over­pop­u­la­tion of pets cre­ates an is­sue the whole com­mu­nity has to deal with and uses up pre­cious re­sources which could be bet­ter spent else­where,” she said.

Ms Brown said she hoped in 2019 new laws to con­trol dog breed­ing would come into ef­fect to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the num­ber of un­wanted dogs in Kal­go­or­lie and WA.

An­i­mal Wel­fare Car­ers Kal­go­or­lie re-homed close to 280 an­i­mals across the year, and Kal­go­or­lie Dog Adop­tions saved 127 lo­cally, not in­clud­ing dogs sent to other res­cues or treated in Ninga Mia.

SAFE Gold­fields gave new lov­ing homes to 70 cats and dogs through­out the year, and An­other Chance An­i­mal Res­cue helped 98.

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