Mother heartbroken after dog she’d adopted was euthanased

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.’’

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5 responses to “Mother heartbroken after dog she’d adopted was euthanased

  1. companionanimalnews

    Some Readers’ comments:
    “Cr Kelly Quote “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”. What a stupid statement, haven’t you heard of backyard breeders and puppy mills or maybe Council doesn’t want to spend the Money.

    Cr Kelly Quote “We used to have a program where universities took care of the pets”. Yes you sure did, it was called Vivisection and the RSPCA put an end to this cruel program after many years of opposition by Council. It seems nothing has changed, we still have a uncaring heartless Council playing God.”
    Michael

    “I urge Blacktown City Council to 1)Implement a Mandatory Desexing program for Blacktown Animal Holding Shelter 2)Abolish the outdated Tendering System–list set prices like Renbury and Hawkesbury Pounds. 3) Introduce a NO-KILL policy for Healthy, Re-Homeable animals. …..Blacktown Council it’s time you made a positive change for the animals in your community!!”
    Elizabeth
    “All we are hearing is bad story after story regarding the Animal Holding Facility at Blacktown. When are they going to get their act together?!

    Killing more than 80 pets per month is an absolute disgrace. Shame on Cr Leo Kelly & his comment that he’s worried people won’t be able to breed their pets. Cr Kelly, isn’t the whole idea of mandatory desexing to reduce the number of animals being taken in each month therefore reducing the number of kills?

    That is what is in the best interest of the people. When will you learn… hopefully before you kill another 80+ pets.”
    Melanie

  2. selwyn marock

    Absolutely Sick the whole bunch of those SCUMBAGS should be thrown out.

  3. Annelies Craig

    I still can’t understand these people who work at these pounds. Do they not take into consideration that they are only there because of irresponsible people and these animals that come into these pounds are already stressed enough as it is. Why do they not show compassion, why do they not give these poor animals another chance of happiness, after all if it weren’t for them they wouldn’t have a job in the first place. Shame on you Blacktown pound and shame on you Cr Kelly, you have totally hidden your head in the sand and have not done anything to improve this situation, why you are on the Council beats me.

  4. Terry Andrews

    I feel 99% of these people are working there for a paying job, and have little compassion for the animals.

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