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Council's Recent Record of Rehoming Impounded Companion Animals

Council works closely with the not-for-profit group Friends of The Pound to administer its regulatory role under the Companion Animals Act.

For those animals that are surrendered or impounded, councils have an obligation to care for them, and seek to rehome the animals where possible. Unfortunately there will be circumstances where some animals will be unsuitable for rehoming due to being aggressive, significantly injured or feral.

The Companion Animals Act prohibits the sale of an animal declared or proposed to be declared a restricted breed or dangerous dog or menacing dog. This prohibition extends to the sale, adoption, rescue or rehoming of these animals.

For those animals assessed as unsuitable for rehoming, the legislation provides councils with directions on the humane euthanasia of the animals. There are also related veterinary codes and standards of practice that guide these procedures. Both qualified vets and Council officers with appropriate levels of training are prescribed authority to carry out the procedures. The main circumstances and statutory timeframes that provide this option for councils are as follows:

  • a companion animal that is surrendered can be euthanised without any holding period in a Council pound
  • a companion animal which has been microchipped and has been impounded must be held for a minimum period of 14 days before they can be euthanised
  • a companion animal which has not been microchipped and has been impounded must be held for a minimum period of 7 days before they can be euthanised
  • there are instances of extreme injuries or animal conditions which necessitate the emergency euthanasia of animals.

In terms of administering these procedures, Council had two contracted local veterinary firms who attended the Pound on a weekly basis (alternating weeks) to conduct animal health checks, and perform euthanasia procedures when required. Following the closure of the Pound at Stotts Creek, the vets will continue to conduct their assessments through regular visits to the temporary facilities.

In terms of accountability of rates of rehoming and euthanasia of impounded animals, NSW councils must enter details of all animals through the NSW Office of Local Government’s Companion Animals Register.

On a comparative basis to industry standards and other NSW councils, Tweed Shire Council has performed very well in its rates of rehoming companion animals in recent years. The contributors to Tweed’s favourable results have been the establishment of an excellent Pound facility, the volunteer assistance and rehoming services provided by the Friends of the Pound, and a dedicated and well trained Pound and Ranger staff.

To improve the accountability and transparency of Council's performance, the following data breakdown of the rehoming and euthanasia activity of Council's Pound since 2010/11 for both dogs and cats has been provided.

Euthanasia and Rehoming Rates for Impounded Dogs


Definition of Titles

Unsuitable – temperament - cannot be handled (1), aggressive (2), fence jumper (3), incident at the pound (attack) (4) and not fit for sale (birth defect (5) or severe injury (6) and Friends of the Pound can’t rehome or other rescue groups). Decision to euthanise animal is made by Council staff and the veterinarian undertaking vet check, based on criteria within a Council procedure.

Unable to rehome - unable to sell or rehome with Friends of the Pound or other rescue groups.

Owner Request - Owners tick the “euthanased” box on the Surrender Form (generally as a result of an incident).


Euthanasia and Rehoming Stats for Dogs 2019/20

2019/

2020

Total

In

Restricted

Dangerous

Unsuitable

Unable to
Rehome

Owner

Request

Illness

Feral

Total Euth

Total Euth %

COUNCIL

Controlled

euth %

1

2

3

4

5

6

Jul

37

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

6

1

0

9

24.3%

5.4%

Aug

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0%

Sep

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0%


Euthanasia and Rehoming Stats for Dogs since 2010/11

YearTotalRestrictedDangerousUnsuitUnable
to Rehome
Owner
Request
Illness/
Sick
Feral/
Infant
Total EuthTotal Euth %Council
Controlled
Euth %
2018/19

387

2

0

22

0

21

7

1

53

13.69%

5.68%

2017/18

410

0

0

42

0

22

12

5

71

17.3

10.2

2016/17

571

0

0

101

0

12

1

2

116

20.3

17.0

2015/16

588

0

0

115

0

11

3

2

131

22.2

19.5

2014/15

637

0

0

92

0

21

9

3

125

19.6

14.4

2013/14

635

0

0

88

0

7

2

0

97

15.3

13.8

2012/13

679

3

0

77

0

15

7

0

102

15.0

11.3

2011/12

664

2

2

98

0

31

0

0

133

20.0

14.7

2010/11

504

1

2

74

1

27

1

0

106

21.0

14.6


Euthanasia and Rehoming Rates for Impounded Cats

Definition of Titles

Unsuitable – temperament - cannot be handled (1), aggressive (2), fence jumper (3), incident at the pound (attack) (4) and not fit for sale (birth defect (5) or severe injury (6) and Friends of the Pound can’t rehome or other rescue groups). Decision to euthanise animal is made by Council staff and the veterinarian undertaking vet check, based on criteria within a Council procedure.

Unable to rehome - unable to sell or rehome with Friends of the Pound or other rescue groups.

Owner Request - Owners tick the “euthanased” box on the Surrender Form (generally as a result of an incident).


Euthanasia and Rehoming Stats for Cats 2019/20

2019/
2020
Total
In
Unsuitable Unable
to Rehome
Owner
Request
IllnessFeralTotal EuthTotal Euth % Council
Controlled
euth %
1 23 4 56
Jul

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

37.5%

0%

Aug

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

20%

0%

Sep

12

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

25%

16.66%



Euthanasia and Rehoming Stats for cats since 2010/11

YearTotalRestrictedDangerousUnsuitUnable to
Rehome
Owner
Req
Illness/
Sick
Feral/
Infant
Total
Euth
Total
Euth %
Council
Controlled
Euth %
2018/19231

0

0

7

0

1

29

21

58

25.1%

3.03%

2017/18

291

0

0

25

0

2

21

12

60

20.61

8.59

2016/17

236

0

0

43

1

2

14

22

82

34.74

18.22

2015/16

247

0

0

58

0

2

6

20

86

34.81

23.48

2014/15

204

0

0

20

0

0

17

16

53

25.98

9.80

2013/14

253

0

0

39

0

3

7

22

71

28.06

15.41

2012/13

192

0

0

32

0

1

10

20

63

32.81

16.66

2011/12

223

0

0

80

0

2

n/an/a

82

36.77

35.87

2010/11

294

0

0

86

0

8

n/an/a

94

31.97

29.25

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