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Poll finds most would pay higher rates to save abandoned animals

Blacktown Sun, Thursday 1 August 2013, Nick Soon

AN overwhelming 98 per cent of some 2500 people have said they would pay an extra $5 in their council rates for their pound to stop killing pets, says a national online poll.

The poll was conducted by Sydney animal rescue group, Pound Rounds Inc, for about three weeks and ended last Friday, July 19.

The question asked was: ‘‘Would you be happy to pay your council an extra $5 per year, per household, to turn your pound into a No Kill one for your community pets?’’. Continue reading

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Dog killing criteria rejected

St Mary’s Star ; Nick Soon; March 25, 2013

THE death of five dogs sparked a protest outside Blacktown Council’s civic centre on March 18.

Thirty placard-waving animal lovers gathered outside the council’s Flushcombe Road building after the dogs had been destroyed at the Blacktown Animal Holding facility the previous week.

They were angry that the animals had been killed after “failing” a temperament test.

Deputy mayor Russ Dickens, a veterinarian who heads Council Urban Animals Advisory Committee, has doubts such tests should decide the fate of dogs.

Animal Welfare League chief executive officer Tim Vasudeva said his organisation had been asked to train council pound staff to help them choose animals to be adopted.

“This is the main aim in the introduction of temperament testing,” he said.

Mr Vasudeva said he was never asked to assess the dogs for destruction.

“If asked, I would have rejected it.”

A Blacktown Council spokeswoman said the animals had been tested after concerns over aggression of dogs towards workers.

“It is the council’s social responsibility to ensure animals that are re-homed are safe and suitable.”

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Group protests over deaths of dogs at Blacktown Pound

Blacktown Sun; Nick Soon, March 18th 2013

AN animal rescue group with about 25,000 supporters on its Facebook site has suspended ties with Blacktown Council in protest over the death of five dogs they wanted to ‘‘re-home’’.

Melanie Norman and about 30 members of Pound Rounds NSW, and their supporters, held a protest rally in front of Blacktown Council today.

She said they waited in vain to meet with general manager Ron Moore and Richard Smith, manager Waste Urban Animal & Emergency Services.

‘‘We have suspended our support and ties with Blacktown Council until they agree to meet us to explain why they killed the five dogs last Friday,’’ she said.

‘‘Staff at the dog pound told us the animals would only be executed on Sunday.

‘‘When we arrived to pick up the dogs on Friday they told us they had been killed earlier.’’

A supporter, Sophie Nesci of Bondi, said her brother Scott was told the dogs had been euthanised.

Ms Norman also wants the council to withdraw its animal temperaments test on dogs before it would restore ties.

‘‘One of the tests involved labelling a dog dangerous and unsuitable for adoption if it reacts aggressively to people taking away his food.

‘‘It’s nonsense as any animal will react in this way if you take away his food.’’

Deputy mayor Russ Dickens, who is also chairman of Council Urban Animals Advisory Committee, said he was told the dogs were deemed unfit for adoption.

‘‘I am sorry the group has withdrawn its support to the council but we have to be ensure the dogs released for adoption would not endanger the community,’’ he said.

Cr Dickens said he would contact Ms Norman about organising a meeting over the issue.

A BlacktownCouncil spokeswoman said the council recently carried out independent temperament testing at its Animal Holding Facility following serious safety concerns that some animals were showing dangerous signs of aggression towards staff, volunteers and other animals.

“Temperament testing is conducted by an independent provider engaged by the council, and is part of the council’s commitment to reviewing its policies and procedures at the facility on an ongoing basis,” she said.

“It is also the council’s social responsibility to ensure that animals that are re-homed or go onto re-homing agencies are safe and suitable for re-homing.

“An Urgent Re-homing List is sent to rescue agencies when the AHF is at maximum capacity and urgent assistance is needed to re-home animals that have had no previous interest shown in them.

“In this particular case, a list was issued on Thursday, March, 14, which held a disclaimer stating – unless deemed unsuitable for re-homing by the council’s independent temperament assessor.

“Temperament testing was carried out on Friday March 15 on dogs which had raised safety concerns.

“Five were deemed not suitable for re-homing due to aggression issues and as a result these dogs were euthanised.

“It is the aim of the AHF to reunite or re-home as many animals as is possible and Council works closely with numerous re-homing agencies in an attempt to find homes for as many animals as possible.”

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Sydney pound dogs facing death row

Ninemsm By Emily Crane, ninemsn  Aug 31 2012

These three playful dogs are just some of the faces you will see at Sydney’s largest animal pound – but sadly they may not be around for much longer.

Unless someone comes forward to adopt Lala, Mika and Leroy, they will be put down.

See video and original story here…

This could happen within weeks.

Blacktown Animal Holding Facility’s service officer, Jacqueline Benito, said dogs were put down when the pound ran out of space. READ MORE HERE

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Pound for pound, they’re worth it

SMH Aug 26 2012

Animal shelters across the state are full to bursting with pets desperate for new homes, writes Jason Mountney.

The numbers are sobering. Every day, more than 150 dogs and cats are killed in NSW pounds and animal shelters. A 39-year-old campaigner from Curl Curl, Melanie Norman, remembers the day she first heard the numbers.

“I thought, ‘Holy cow,’ ” she says. “Somebody needs to see what I see now. If someone who considers themselves relatively informed on animal issues doesn’t realise the scale of this problem, how could the average person?” READ MORE HERE

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Blacktown Council: Desexing impounded animals ‘illegal’

BLacktown Advocate; 28 JUN 12 PM BY BEN MCCLELLAN

John Carr believes it is illegal to desex impounded animals.

John Carr believes it is illegal to desex impounded animals

BLACKTOWN City Council’s mandatory desexing policy was hailed as the best way to cut down on the number of animals euthanised at its pound.

The motion passed unanimously in May, despite initial opposition from Mayor Alan Pendleton, but one dog lover claims it is illegal for the animals to be desexed.

John Carr wrote a lengthy submission to the council outlining why under the Impounding and Companions Acts it didn’t “own” the animals it impounded and therefore had no right to desex them. READ MORE HERE

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Council votes in mandatory desexing of animals

Blacktown Advocate, May 9 2012

ANIMAL lovers rejoiced as Blacktown Council made it mandatory to desex dogs and cats sold at the pound.

The landmark decision was met by cheers from the public gallery at last Wednesday’s general council meeting.

Veterinarian Dr Robert Zammit, who led the campaign, said desexing would reduce the number of animals euthanised at the pound..

“To see that number of animals die is uncivilised,” he said.

Councillor Kathie Collins, who moved the motion, said it would stop people from breeding dogs for illegal fighting purposes.

“This is a good move on behalf of Blacktown City Council to come up with this recommendation and I trust the people in the gallery will see that we are making an effort,” she said.

Blacktown Councillor Russ Dickens, a practising veterinarian, said the decision was long overdue.

“Let me say thanks to my Labor colleagues who have finally seen the light,” he said.

“Conscience has prevailed. The most difficult job for any veterinarian and person is to put a healthy animal down.”

Council will make arrangements with the University of Sydney and local vets to organise payment for desexing.

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