Namoi Valley Independent,Thursday, 30 December 2010
STAFF at Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital returned from Christmas celebrations to the unpleasant task of euthanising nine dogs which had been dumped at the pound by irresponsible owners.
Vet nurse Caroline Montgomery said it had been heartbreaking for the staff to put the animals down simply because they were no longer wanted.
“Many times people dump the animals because they are going away and don’t want to be bothered with them they simply make it someone else’s problem,” Caroline said.
“People should think before they get animals for themselves or other people.
“Just this morning, a litter of puppies was dumped, obviously because they were getting too big and the owners did not want to feed them people who don’t want to take responsibility for puppies or kittens should have their animal desexed.” A number of dogs were also found wandering aimlessly after recent thunder storms, which poses another problem for pet owners if pets are not microchipped or wearing an identification tag.
“We were able to return the two dogs that were microchipped but the third one has gone to the pound,” Caroline said.
With New Year’s Eve celebrations coming up, Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital is urging pet owners to ensure that their dogs are in a secure area, especially if they are scared of loud noises.
“Many dogs are very frightened of loud noises and if owners are very worried their vet can prescribe anti-anxiety medication,” Caroline said.
Another alternative is to send their pet to one of the local boarding kennels, which are out of town and the animals will be safe and secure.” Meanwhile, one of the dogs rescued under the Pound Puppy Adoption Scheme is available for purchase at Gunnedah Veterinary Hospital.
Rudolph is a German Shepherd kelpie cross, with a very lovable nature and a basic understanding of commands like “come” and “sit”. He also walks on a lead.
“He is about 18 months old, very active and would need a family that is prepared to give him lots of exercise,” Caroline said.
The Pound Puppy Adoption Scheme has been very successful over the years with many abandoned animals finding new homes with loving families after leaving (}unnedah Veterinary Hospital.
The dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and de-sexed with the aim of reducing the number of unwanted dogs in the Gunnedah shire and are available for purchase.
To find out more, call in to Gunnedah Veterinary Clinic at the western end of Barber Street or phone 6742 1834.
RUDOLPH the German Shepherd/kelpie cross, pictured with vet nurse Caroline Montgomery is very active and friendly and needs a home.