Moonee Valley Leader 18th April 2011
THOUSANDS of cats and dogs at North Melbourne’s Lost Dogs’ Home could be saved if the State Government abolishes the 28-day limit shelters and pounds have to house abandoned animals.
Under the current Victorian Domestic Animals Act, animal shelters have to kill cats and dogs that haven’t found a home within 28 days.
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But with the Coalition Government agreeing in principle to abolish the rule, North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home managing director Graeme Smith said animals would finally have more time.
“We will now be able to do more for dogs with behavioural issues and we will be able to give these dogs more time to be retrained,” Dr Smith said.
“I am excited by the opportunity for vigorous discussion, both on an industry-based and public level.”
The North Melbourne Lost Dogs’ Home put down more than 7000 dogs and cats last year. The Leader understands this figure climbs to about 13,000 when combined with figures from the LDH Cranbourne facility.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said the time limit was removed as part of proposed revisions to Victoria’s Code of Practice for the Management of Dogs and Cats in Shelters and Pounds.
“We made these changes in consultation with key groups including the Lost Dogs Home, the RSPCA, Animal Aid, the Cat Protection Society, Animal Welfare Science Centre and a number of local councils,” Mr Walsh said.
Other proposed changes include a health management plan for each animal, one staff member for every 40 animals, fostering of animals and frequent inspections for puppies and kittens.
Animal lovers can make submissions in writing to the Department of Primary Industries by April 29.