Pound animals face nick



DOGS and cats sold from Tweed Shire Council's pound will now be desexed when sold to a new owner in a move aimed at reducing the number of stray animals in the shire. Tweed shire councillors unanimously supported a staff recommendation for compulsory desexing of animals sold from the pound other than those returned to their existing owners. But highly-prized purebred animals impounded will get a reprieve so prospective new owners can breed them - provided their bloodline can be verified. On the suggestion of Cr Lynne Beck, councillors adopted a condition whereby people wanting to buy a purebred animal from the pound have to obtain certification from a Council-appointed veterinarian confirming the animal is purebred so it does not have to be desexed, allowing them to breed them. Council's environment and community services manager Geoff Edwards said purebreed dog groups often took purebred dogs from the pound after confirming their status and paid for their registration and vaccination. Mr Edwards said local veterinarians were called on to carry out the desexing of animals as required. Very few purebred dogs, Mr Edwards said, were impounded and those that were, were quickly reclaimed by their owners. A staff report said many of the problems in the community over dogs and cats could be related to unwanted and unowned animals. Desexing animals, staff said, was one way of tackling the problem of unwanted litters as a source of stray animals. Many Councils in NSW, the report said, already had a desexing policy in place and the RSPCA and the Queensland Animal Welfare League had adopted policies preventing the sale of animals from their facilities which were not desexed. About 60 per cent of all impounded animals in Tweed shire, the report said, are resold to the public.



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