By Kae Norman
“There are good pounds, and good staff. There are rules in place to protect both worker and animal.
But sometimes this goes off the rails and things must be spoken of. See below. This story hit the front page of the local paper and is being investigated by The Age. It is unacceptable on every level.
Early this week, three council employees went into Mildura Pound, took cats and kittens in their cages to the back of the pound – approximately ten animals – and shot them.
A pound helper walked in while this was happening at the back of the pound and was in a state of shock. The kittens did not die quickly and there was blood everywhere. This was at a time the vet with whom Mildura pound have a contract was open.
The Sunraysia Daily article Mon 23 November
“A ROW has erupted over the shooting of abandoned cats at Mildura Rural City Council’s animal shelter at Belar Avenue last week.
Six cats were shot in a pen by a council by-laws officer to the outrage of the animal welfare community.
The incident, witnessed and made public by a shelter worker, led to a flood of angry emails to Sunraysia Daily on the weekend demanding the practice be stopped and the council officer be sacked.
An angry internet exchange about the “inhuman treatment of animals at Mildura” on the popular dogs website “Dogzonline” also saw the email addresses of individual councillors made public and subject to vitriolic responses from animal lovers.
Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne on the weekend confirmed the shooting had taken place after apparent initial denials from council officers.
Cr Milne said he was confident local laws officers had not contravened any regulations.
“We regret that this has caused concern among the animal welfare community, however this is an accepted method that council can use. There were no malicious intentions by any member of staff.”
Follow up newspaper article, click here…
DRP Comment: No ‘malicious intentions’ perhaps….. maybe just incompetence? We must make incidents like these at Council Pounds public – the community needs to know. We need to speak up for the animals. (We deplore the confidentiality agreements that some Pounds have initiated to stop people “whistleblowing”.)
Note: shooting is a common method of killing pound animals in many country council pounds. At the end of the day, death is death, no matter how it’s done. But when a vet is available to do the job humanely, then why would a pound do this? Let us know what you think.
Actions you can take:
Protest against this inhumane treatment of these animals, please write as a general member of the public to the email addresses below.
Mark Henderson, Chief Executive Officer email@example.com
Councillor Glenn Milne (Mayor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Susan Nichols (Deputy Mayor): email@example.com
Councillor John Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Nick Cavallo email@example.com
Councillor Mark Eckel firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Judi Harris email@example.com
Councillor Fiona Hilton-Wood – firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Vernon Knight email@example.com
Councillor Max Thorburn firstname.lastname@example.org