DOG DRAMAS: Councillor Ellen Smith with Katina Kilpatrick from Capricorn Animal Aid. The service works with the Rockhampton Regional Council to ensure as many animals as possible find new homes. RSPCA’s Mark Townend raised concerns this week that the charity was overloaded.
DOG DRAMAS: Councillor Ellen Smith with Katina Kilpatrick from Capricorn Animal Aid. The service works with the Rockhampton Regional Council to ensure as many animals as possible find new homes. RSPCA’s Mark Townend raised concerns this week that the charity was overloaded. Contributed

Community reacts to Rocky animal pound pressure from RSPCA

AFTER RSPCA Queensland CEO Mark Townend criticised the Rockhampton Regional Council on their lack of in-house adoption programs, social media lit up.

Unfortunately the previous statistics given for dogs that pass through the pound were taken from Livingstone Shire Council. We apologise for the error.

Rockhampton Regional Council saw 945 dogs pass through the pound from January 1 to July 31 this year, and 311 were euthanised.

Online readers were asked if council should provide more support to not-for-profit groups running adoption programs:

 

Christine Cullen: Does Rockhampton have more irresponsible pet owners than other regions? The number of animals that end up at the pound seems to indicate that it has. Shame some people can't be banned from having a pet.

Anita Weber: The council needs to follow the Getting to Zero model that has been taken on by the Gold Coast council and other councils in QLD. This would be good to make changes. The gold coast council has a rehoming success rate of 91% for dogs alone.

Bev Rose: The only dogs that should be put down are those that cannot be rehomed because of behavioural problems, the coucil should support the RSPCA.

Stacey Clifton: Thank yooouuu. My god I'm so glad this issue is coming to light. Less backyard breeding = less euthanasia. People should be held responsible. The problem is too easily dealt with when the pound is quick to dispose of these animals.

Gina Lowcock: Why doesn't the RSPCA have a shelter here?

 

Read more of the discussion on Facebook here:

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Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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