Gladstone , The Observer, Tegan Annett; 27th Feb 2013 5
GLADSTONE has an animal problem howling to be fixed.
The pound and RSPCA are bursting at the seams with dogs and cats needing a loving place to call home.
“We hold the animals for five to seven days, where they can be claimed or people can show an expression of interest,” media consultant for the council Jessica Cullen said.
Although this seems easy and simple enough, the council and RSPCA are tired of being inundated with animals that are not desexed, registered or microchipped.
“We work closely with the RSPCA, but if people had their animals desexed and microchipped, it would be a lot easier to find the original owners.”
Although the number of impounded animals euthanised has decreased over the past few years, the problem still prevails. Why do people fail to take sufficient care of their animals?
Wednesday, February 27 is the last day to show interest for two gorgeous siamese cats, before they are put down.
Meaning, the search is now on for the home of a loving pet owner to put their hand up and take on these felines.
Resident shocked at cats find
A CONCERNED Gladstone resident was mortified at the discovery of some of the beautiful animals “on death row”.
Monica Sajdl encountered two impounded siamese cats on the Gladstone council website.
“There has been a small white cat hanging around my house lately. I was just looking to see if it was on there, but I came across these cats,” she said.
“I couldn’t believe it. There has to be someone out there who is also a genuine cat lover who would really appreciate a beautiful cat at a low price.”
Siamese cats can be sold from $300-$700.
Monica believes there should be stricter rules and guidelines for pet owners, to decrease the problem of strays.
“I really believe compulsory desexing of pets would eliminate a lot of problems.”
The number of unwanted animals within the Gladstone region is getting out of hand. Both the pound and RSPCA are busting at the gates with animals.
“I think the public need to be shown photos of these poor dead kittens and puppies and cats and dogs. That might shock the public and force the authorities to take more urgent action to try and control the problem at hand,” Monica said.
Monica believes that surely she cannot be the only one disheartened by the news that February 27 is the last day to show an expression of interest for these beautiful felines.
Friends of RSPCA have 60 cats. Their maximum is usually 40.
Gladstone Regional Council said the number of impounded animals had decreased since mandatory registration/microchipping came into effect.
- 2008-2009: 46% of animals were euthanaised.
- 2011-2012: Only 25% were euthanaised.