Blacktown Sun; BY CALLAN LAWRENCE; 16 May, 2011
PRESSURE is building on Blacktown Council to produce a report into the operations of its Animal Holding Facility that it commissioned about 12 months ago.
The report was to investigate changes to the pound’s tendering process and the mandatory desexing of cats and dogs.
Volunteers at the pound and animal welfare advocates have said the tendering process is inefficient and contributes to the number of animals destroyed there each year.
They also believe mandatory desexing of animals would reduce the number of animals killed.
A council spokeswoman said in July last year that the report was expected to be tabled by the end of that month.
At the Community Services Committee meeting last week, councillors called for the report to be produced at the next Policy Committee meeting on May 25.
“I think it is ridiculous,” Cr Nick Tyrrell said, “that it can take 12 months to get a report back to the council about the desexing of companion animals.”
Cr Tyrrell, Cr Russ Dickens and the mayor Allan Pendleton told the committee meeting they all regularly received complaints about the way the pound was run.
Cr Pendleton, who chairs the council’s Urban Animals Advisory Committee, said the report was more likely to be ready for the June 15 Policy Committee than the May 25 meeting.
Cr Allan Green has also written to the council’s general manager Ron Moore after receiving complaints from the community.
“The tender system is bad,” Cr Green said. “It is inefficient, and profit not welfare driven.”