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. READ MORE HERE
On August 17th, we attended the RSPCA Close Puppy Farms round table meeting in Canberra, along with representatives from AVA, PIAA, ANKC, AWL Queensland, MBDTA , NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Commitee and various RSPCA representatives. It certainly was “interesting” being in the same discussion as some of the “enemy”! Read more here..
“Anyone who reads the papers would be forgiven for thinking that ‘pit bulls’ are unpredictable dangerous dogs. It feels like every time we read about a dog causing serious injuries to people, a pit bull is to blame. It appears the media show a bias against pit bulls in their reporting of dog attacks. READ MORE HERE…
Goodfordogs website blog has a wellwritten section on the new “dangerous dogs law”. From the website:
“On Wed 5 May 2010, the Victorian Government’s proposed “Dangerous Dogs” Bill was revealed to the public. It’s not expected that the Bill will be debated until the next sitting week (starting Tue 8 June).
While we support efforts to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the incidence of dog attacks, we believe this legislation is severely flawed in several areas. READ MORE HERE