Report to Blacktown Council by concerned community members:
Using statistics for dogs and cats seized by councils, this study looks at the current situation at the Blacktown Animal Holding Facility and the Blacktown Community.
A comparison of Blacktown with the other seven council areas, which use the pound’s facilities, showed that Blacktown was vastly over- represented. It had twice as many stray and surrendered animals as the other seven councils combined, yet Blacktown’s population is only half that of these other seven councils.
While tremendous progress has been made at the pound, with fewer dogs entering, and even far fewer being killed, the situation for cats is dismal and seemingly out of control.
The number of cats entering the pound has increased every year, with a 163% increase between 2003 and 2011. In 2011, 3,248 cats were killed, an increase of 155% since 2003. There is evidence that suggests that over half of Blacktown’s cats are feral.
This report is an appeal to Blacktown Council to address the issues of irresponsible pet ownership and the careless, uncontrolled, breeding of animals in the local community. Irresponsible, uncaring people are costing ratepayers a lot of money. Thousands of our companion animals suffer untold misery.
It is up to the civic leaders of the Blacktown Community to demonstrate leadership and make a strong statement that the yearly disposal of unwanted animals in our community is not acceptable. Programs available and implemented by other councils in Australia, in New Zealand and overseas, to address the oversupply of animals, and at the same time increase adoptions thereby saving lives, have been highly successful. There is no need for Blacktown Council to re-invent the wheel.
Download report here: BCCvsOTHER.2003-2011
This report summarises the intense problem faced by Blacktown community with cats entering the pound facility. It looks very bad and something has to happen. This report is an excellent summary of progress made at Blacktown Pound with Dogs, but now The Council must deal with the cat problem. What are your suggestions? Why is this such a problem? What can and should the Council do?Urgent advice needed………..