Hornsby Advocate, Julie Huffer, November 18, 2009
A local vet has warned native animals will be more at risk from feral cats after Hornsby Council’s decision to award its companion animal pound service to an operator in Carlton.
Last week councillors gave Sydney Dogs and Cats Home the green light to provide services to the shire for a trial period of six months.
But Dr Chris Meany, who ran the council’s companion animal service from Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital for 12 years, said the new arrangments would be uneconomical and would deter people from capturing feral cats.
“They are not going to want to trap them and take them all the way to Carlton,” he said. “The number of feral cats in the community is likely to increase.”
However, a Hornsby Council representative said the policy adopted on November 11 would not place native wildlife at risk.
Vets will be able to dispense with feral cats without holding them for the standard seven days. And residents who have trapped a cat which is causing damage to property or native wildlife can contact council to arrange collection.
The council spokesman said Thornleigh Veterinary Hospital did not apply to continue the service when expressions of interest were called.
“Given that no submissions were received from organisations or operators in Hornsby Shire, of the three submissions received, council has determined that Sydney Dogs and Cats Home will provide the best service to meet its needs. “
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