A STRAY sheep and a chicken were among almost 200 animals that ended up at the local pound over Christmas and New Year.
With only 40 pens at the Epping RSPCA shelter, its supervisor Joanna Skrodzka was forced to send most of the animals to the RSPCA’s Burwood centre.
Ms Skrodzka said 108 dogs and 62 cats and a few animals less commonly seen on suburban streets were collected or surrendered between December 22 and January 3.
She said more animals were collected this festive season than in the previous two.
And Ms Skrodzka said the number would only increase as Whittlesea’s population continued to skyrocket.
“About 30 per cent were surrendered and the others were strays,” she said.
“Some of them (were surrendered) for really sad reasons. We had some older dogs, about eight years old, whose owners’ lifestyles had changed and the animal doesn’t fit in any more.” Bosley, an eight-year-old boxer, was one of those surrendered before Christmas.
“His owners got him when they didn’t have children, and then when the child came home, he was pushed to the side,” Ms Skrodzka said. “He was good for eight years, and now he’s not it’s very sad.” Bosley is being assessed for adoption at Burwood, but given his age it may be difficult to find him a new home.
Whittlesea Council rangers picked up 44 dogs and nine cats between Christmas Eve and December 29.
The council collected 38 dogs and nine cats during the same period last year.
Whittlesea Council local laws manager Bill Ryley said the council would build a new pound this year. ~ Does the City of Whittlesea need a larger RSPCA shelter to meet the increasing demand? Email usat whittlesea ~)leadernewspapers.com.au