In accordance with Council’s resolution from 24 April 2017, Council is finalising the design of a new Animal Management Facility to be presented to the ordinary meeting in September 2017, along with a finance and cost analysis for construction.
The current Animal Management Facility has six kennels, which limits how long Council can hold dogs beyond the legislated requirements. A total of 169 dogs and 35 cats passed through the facility in the 2016/17 financial year.
Following inspections by the RSPCA in July 2017, Council acted on RSPCA recommendations to install cloth blinds to provide weather protection on the open eastern side for animals at the facility, as well as undertake repairs to the internal wall following a break-in earlier in 2017.
Council is also looking into two further actions to install a barrier between kennels in place of wire mesh, as well as a small wall inside each kennel for further weather protection.
Council is committed to the welfare of all animals while at the facility and has a very dedicated team of rangers tending to the animals seven days a week to ensure they have adequate bedding, food and care.
In addition, Council works only with rehoming organisations registered under the Companion Animals Act to ensure its duty of care to the animals that they are going to good homes. All the organisations Council works with are listed below.
Council’s ultimate aim, however, is to reunite animals with their owners. Council detains animals for the shortest period of time possible and works quickly to try to find the owners of animals in our care using a range of channels, including microchipping records and posts on Council’s Facebook page to reach as many people as possible.
Council reminds dog owners that they have a responsibility under the Companion Animals Act to ensure their animals are under effective control, and do not require the services of the Animal Management Facility.
DP&SE11/17 Animal Management Facility (FILE:17/00046)
A report was provided to Council with an update on the progress of a new Animal Management Facility.
65/17 RESOLVED that Council approve works to finalise the design of a new Animal Management Facility at Lot 1921 DP 818767 (193 Gresford Road), and that a report with complete design, finance and cost analysis for construction is submitted to the September 2017 Meeting of Council.
21 November 2016
DP&SE42/16 Animal Management Facility Options (FILE:16/0174)
This report provided information on potential locations for the construction of a new animal management facility.
196/16 RESOLVED that Council notes progress to date, information on options and receives a further report in March 2017.