Blacktown Advocate; 30 May 11 PETER THEODOSIOU
VICKI Goulding was heartbroken to learn a dog she had been told she could adopt from Blacktown pound had been euthanased the day she had arranged to collect it.
Mrs Goulding, of Quakers Hill, said the experience showed Blacktown Council’s “horrible’’ treatment of animals.
She had contacted Blacktown Animal Holding Facility a fortnight ago about buying a dog that was scheduled to be put down the following day. Before she could get there the next morning, the dog was dead.
A council spokeswoman said the procedure the pound used to list dogs and cats that had been requested for adoption contained had no record of Mrs Goulding’s request asking to adopt the kelpie cross ridgeback.
“The council staff acted in a horrible way, they knew I was coming in the next day and they still went ahead with it,’’ Mrs Goulding said. “I had to tell the kids in the morning about what happened. They started to cry because they wanted the dog so much.’‘
She has renewed calls for the council to improve its care of animals, including introduction of mandatory desexing of pets that are given to new homes. An average of 23 dogs and cats are put to sleep each week at the facility.
Cr Leo Kelly said the council was considering mandatory desexing as a means of slowing the influx of animals brought to the facility each week.
“We have a duty of care to see whether it is in people’s best interest to desex every animal that comes out of facility because it would mean that nobody will be able to breed their own pets,’’ he said.
“We used to have a program where universities took care of the pets, but they have stopped that so we have to find new ways.’’