A BLACKTOWN resident claims a recent mix-up at the council’s pound resulted in a dog being unnecessarily killed.Vicki Goulding said the dog’s death underlined why significant changes needed to be made at the pound as soon as possible.
She said she called the pound late one afternoon three weeks ago because volunteers had told her one of the dogs was going to be destroyed.
She told an employee that she would rescue the dog but when she arrived the next day it had already been killed.
“We turned up at 10.30am the next morning and the picture [of the dog] was still on its cage but it wasn’t there,” Mrs Goulding said.
“I asked where she was and they said it had been put down. I was there to take it.”
Mrs Goulding is one of about 1500 people who have signed a petition calling for changes at the pound.
Many of the petitioners will be at the council’s rescheduled Urban Companion Animals Management Advisory Sub-Committee meeting next Thursday.
Residents and councillors hope a report on mandatory desexing and the tendering system that was commissioned more than a year ago will be tabled at the meeting.
Petitioner Elizabeth McLachlan, of Kings Park, believes the tendering system turns prospective pet owners away because they have to wait for other bidders.
A former pound volunteer, Mariette Blackmore, said backyard “animal farmers” regularly out-bid people and recouped their costs by breeding pets for sale.
Cr Leo Kelly said recently that the pound was one of the best in the state, if not the country.
But he said things could always be improved and he hoped the report placated people’s concerns.
Last year, 3819 dogs were taken to the pound and 753 were destroyed. Of the 3988 cats held, 3037 were killed.