09 Feb 10 @ 03:31pm by Christine O’Maley
AS BLACKTOWN Council continues to drag its feet on the high number of animals being destroyed at the Animal Holding Facility, councillor Nick Tyrell has joined the attack and called for a three-pronged approach, including free desexing and registration periods, to curb the cull.
In 2008, 1419 dogs and 3146 cats were put down at the pound yet animals were still allowed to be sold undesexed and the council continued to enforce a tender process where popular dogs were sold to the highest bidder.
“How is it that NSW destroys nearly 60,000 animals a year, yet Blacktown Council forces would-be rescuers to bid on animals when even eBay is prohibited from offering animals for auction?” Cr Tyrrell asked.
He said it was time for the council to deliver on a decade of promises to reduce the number of animals destroyed each year.
Rather than continuing with policies that weren’t getting results, Cr Tyrrell suggested a three-point plan forcing backyard breeders to be licensed, allowing animal rescuers to take their new pets home on a two-week foster care arrangement and offering an amnesty period for all owners to have their animal desexed and/or registered for free.
“By adopting this approach, we can ensure the number of unwanted animals decreases and the rate of rehoming is improved,’’ he said.
Hawkesbury Council’s Animal Shelter, which employed tactics like “Cheap Chip Days’’ and didn’t allow bidding, had a rehoming rate of nearly 80 per cent for dogs and 40 per cent for cats in 2008.
Blacktown Council only rehomed about 10 per cent of cats and 65 per cent of dogs impounded in 2008.
At present, the Blacktown facility sold all dogs and cats microchipped and registered, under NSW legislation, but desexing wasn’t mandatory.
The only incentive to get an animal desexed was the difference in price when registering an animal.
According to the council, Lifetime Registration for dogs and cats in NSW was $150 for an undesexed animal and $40 for a desexed animal.
The argument for desexing was no more evident than behind the trash cans at the shops on Quakers Hill Parkway where stray kittens and cats were multiplying.
Subway staff and shopkeepers thought it was a sad existence but said they couldn’t stomach the thought of council collecting the cats and putting them down at the pound.
Some residents felt so bad for the cats they regularly fed them biscuits and water.
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