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Monday, January 31, 2011

On Death Row

Dog

DOG owners are being urged to consider the consequences of abandoning their pets after new figures revealed about 1000 dogs a year were impounded in Stirling alone.
Data obtained by the Stirling Times shows more than 2700 dogs have been impounded at the City of Stirling’s Animal Care Facility since the start of 2007.

Almost 450 dogs – or more than 13 a month – were euthanased in that time after failing to be collected by owners or being deemed unsuitable to be re-homed.

About one-third of all impounded dogs were unable to be reunited with their owners.

RSPCA spokesman Richard Barry said that the high rate of stray and abandoned dogs was disappointing.

“It’s of great concern to us that some dogs are simply abandoned for myriad reasons, ranging from a change in location through to a change in financial circumstances,” he said.

“One has to consider what their pet will go through once they have turned their back on it.”

He said a lack of desexing had a “tremendous influence” on the high number of animals needing a home.

Stirling community development director Trevor Holland urged people to be committed to pet ownership before taking on the responsibility of owning a dog.

“The City normally finds that around April each year, the number of dogs that are impounded increases,” he said.

“This may be due to puppies that are bought as Christmas gifts no longer being wanted due to size, temperament and ongoing costs.

“Owning and caring for a pet comes with responsibilities, and these are for the duration of their lives, not just the holidays.”

He said every effort was made to reunite dogs with their owners or find a suitable alternative – but dangerous and restricted breeds were not made available to be re-homed.

Stirling residents who have lost a dog can call the City’s Animal Care Facility on 9345 8555.

Source: inmycommunity.com.au


Getting To Zero

Photo: Adam Hollingworth

A PRIVATELY owned animal pound in Sydney is to become the first in the state to promise not to put any animals down, and to find homes for every healthy pet that comes through its doors.

The ambitious aim has been achieved by shelters elsewhere, said Tim Vasudeva, the manager of the Sydney Cats and Dogs Home in Carlton.

The Getting to Zero initiative, started by the Queensland Animal Welfare League, means pounds make a public commitment to finding homes for all the healthy, well-adjusted dogs and cats in their care.

Dangerous breeds, aggressive animals and feral cats cannot be found homes, so the best case scenario - as achieved by the league's Gold Coast shelter in Coombabah - is homes found for about 90 per cent of dogs and 75 per cent of cats.

Australia has an unacceptably high rate of dogs and cats being put down, animal rescue workers say, about 250,000 each year. But in Britain, which has almost three times the human population, the number is about 25,000 a year.

Mr Vasudeva said the difference was that Australia has ''puppy factories'' and backyard breeders who prosper because domestic animal legislation, which states outsource to cash-strapped councils, is weakly enforced.

Last month the RSPCA called for national regulations to stamp out puppy farming.

The Sydney Cats and Dogs Home, which takes in feral cats, stray dogs and surrendered pets from 11 council areas, has room for 150 animals.

It is only funded by councils to keep microchipped pets for a maximum of 14 days.

''It could be the world's best cat or dog, but we have to come up with the money to look after them if it takes six to eight weeks to re-home that animal,'' said Mr Vasudeva, a former banker who works as a full-time volunteer manager at the shelter.

''We … should be able to give the animals that amount of time, but we need community support to do that.''

In partnership with the Queensland Animal Welfare League, the pound plans to expand its network of foster carers who look after dogs or cats until a permanent home is found. But it needs donations and more volunteers to walk the dogs and update the website to publicise the pets.

Kristina Vesk, from the Cat Protection Society, which is also participating in Getting to Zero initiative, said landlords and strata bodies can help by being pet-friendly. ''We have a lot of cats surrendered to us, very well cared for and loved, because in Sydney it can be so hard to find pet-friendly accommodation. That's really sad for the animals and the people.''


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sharky The Pit Bull VS...







Remember, there is no bad breed.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

RSPCA Raids Puppy Farm

Photo by Animal Liberation Victoria

THE RSPCA has raided a puppy farm targeted by animal activists and local authorities who have attacked "sickening" conditions at the facility.

Animal welfare inspectors entered Leslie and Melinda Paxton's farm last night to conduct their own welfare of the animals at the Beremboke farm, north of Anakie, the Geelong Advertiser reports.

See pictures from inside the puppy farm from The Geelong Advertiser. Click here.

The investigation follows a damning Moorabool Shire report, which alleged the Paxtons kept 59 dogs in shocking conditions on the property.

The report revealed many dogs were kept in cramped cages covered in faeces and that dog carcasses had been left to rot on the ground.

In other developments, neighbours described the Paxtons' farm as an eyesore as a Geelong man says he warned animal welfare authorities two years ago about dogs chained to wrecked cars there.

Mr Paxton has previously said the shire report was a lie.

The said it was opposed to puppy farms and urged the public to lobby the State Government to bring an end to the cruelty.

RSPCA chief Heather Neil said puppy farms were “at the absolute bottom of the barrel”.

"Most Australians would be appalled if they knew where many puppies actually came from," Ms Neil said.

Animal liberationists secretly filmed the kennels early this week.

Source: heraldsun.com.au


Death-Row Dogs Helping Jail Birds

Pic: John Grainger

CONVICTED murderer Emma Barrett faces 13 more years behind bars - but she hopes saving dogs from death row helps save herself.

The inmate of Dillwynia women's prison is part of a revolutionary program in which hundreds of prisoners will have access to dogs inside jail to test whether caring for the animals makes them less likely to reoffend.

Already those in a pilot trial said it had turned their lives around and given them a new sense of responsibility.

The eight-week program was the brainchild of Corrective Services boss Ron Woodham, an animal lover who was fascinated with a similar scheme operating in the US.

It was hoped that the affection and responsibility involved in caring for the animals would prepare inmates, who must also complete a TAFE course in animal handling, for life on the outside. The selected prisoners are given a dog bound for death row. They care for it, train it and seven weeks later hand the dog over to a family on the outside.

Barrett, one of six women to care for rescued greyhounds, said the program helped her cope with life in jail, where she's been for almost three years.

"It's given me satisfaction knowing I'm helping the dog go to a home instead of being put down," she said.

"(The dog also) gives you love back. You can't be (loving) in jail. No one in here is really honest, loyal and loving."

Eventually the program will extend to rescuing other dogs due to being euthanased by the RSPCA, with the prison housing up to 50 animals.

The neighbouring Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre will also take up to 200 dogs to be cared for by male prisoners.

Despite the attachment they inevitably develop, security manager Leanne O'Toole said the prisoners were prepared to let the dogs go.

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au


Sunday Herald Sun Readers Rescue Death Row Dogs

Picture by Mark Smith


FROM death row to comfort, what a difference a new home has made for little Ellie Mae.

The Maltese cross had only days to live when the Sunday Herald Sun featured her among six death-row dogs last week.

Now all six have new loving owners and have beaten the clock which gives animal shelters 28 days to find stray animals a new home or kill them.

Agriculture Minister Joe Helper said this week the Government would end the 28-day holding rule and animals would be assessed individually, to allow shelters more time to rehome dogs and cats.

Animal welfare campaigner Mike Bailey - who organised the Stop The Clock movement - hailed it a victory for animals.

"Victoria is the only Australian state or territory to impose an arbitrary limit on how long shelters can offer animals for adoption," he said.

Ellie Mae had only four days to live when she appeared in the Sunday Herald Sun and won the heart of Pauline Edwards, 69, of Boronia.

Her granddaughter Chelsea, 8, renamed the dog Lucy and Mrs Edwards said the animal was a treasure.

"When I sit down, she comes and sits beside me," she said.

The Lost Dogs Home found homes for all six dogs.

The home's Dr Graeme Smith warned that seasonal storms and holiday fireworks sparked a surge in dogs fleeing in fright and becoming lost.

He said the home ran the national pet register and gave away free pet ID tags.

But while big shelters appear set to be freed from the 28-day rule, many small council pounds continue to euthanase animals after eight days, according to Trisha Taylor, of the Dog Rescue Association Victoria.

She said a crackdown banning smaller pounds handing over animals to dog rescuers would see many killed.

"And what will happen over Christmas at council-run pounds when the councils shut down for the holidays?" she said.

Volunteers were willing to take those animals into foster care until they could be found permanent homes, but red tape was stopping them.

Source: heraldsun.com.au


Friday, January 28, 2011

Milo & Otis Meet Match In Margaret

Milo & Otis

AFTER bonding as strays and being nursed back to health at an animal shelter, Milo and Otis are finally getting a home of their own.

The scruffy terrier cross and her kitten friend captured the hearts of Herald Sun readers when their story was featured three weeks ago.

They amazed carers with their bond, with kitten Otis even suckling from nurturing dog Milo.

They will be adopted by Margaret Woodman, from Gippsland, who said she was shocked to be chosen to care for the loveable pair.

"I was stunned, overwhelmed. I thought, why me, when so many others had wanted them?" Ms Woodman said.

"But they are such beautiful animals and they will be treasured."

The 62-year-old widow, who lost her husband 10 years ago, does not have any other pets and lives alone, a factor taken into account by Pets Haven staff when choosing an owner.

"We really wanted to protect the bond that Milo and Otis have, and we didn't want to threaten that by introducing them to other animals," said spokeswoman Trish Burke.

"There were so many beautiful people who called about adopting the two, and many of them will be disappointed by our decision. But we really felt that Margaret was a special lady."

Ms Burke said she would miss the two animals.

"Milo is such a beautiful dog, she's a very unique and patient animal. She and Otis still slept together on my couch.

"I'm glad to see them going to a good home, but I am going to miss them."

Source: heraldsun.com.au


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Darker Side Of Pet Shops' Puppy Love



THEY are the "puppy farms", the dark secret behind the tens of thousands of cute little dogs sold through pet shops, classifieds and websites every year.

Despite their well-documented existence, authorities are almost powerless to collar puppy farmers.

"Currently anyone who puts two dogs together can call themselves a breeder," Animal Liberation campaign co-ordinator Jacqueline Dalziell said.

"There are no limits, checks or balances and, with puppies selling for anywhere from $500 up to $1500, it's a very lucrative business."

The RSPCA is lobbying for a national registration or licensing scheme so all puppies, regardless of how or where they are sold, can be traced back to the breeder.

The aim is to end the suffering of thousands of puppies, like nine-month-old cavalier king charles spaniel Ruby.

The dog may endure a lifetime of physical, emotional or behavioural problems as a result of being bred in a so-called puppy farm.

When Ruby's new owners took the eight-week-old puppy home from a breeder at Raymond Terrace, the family did not know the dog had canine giardia, a parasitic infection of the small intestine. Breeder Carolyn Hudson, of Kindee Kennels, denied knowingly selling an infected puppy despite later paying for Ruby's treatment after her new owners threatened to take the matter further.

Mrs Hudson has surrendered more than 50 dogs to the RSPCA following two raids on her property since September 2009.

Footage from one such raid was featured on the RSPCA's reality TV show Animal Rescue last year.

No charges have been laid against Mrs Hudson.

RSPCA NSW chief inspector David O'Shannessy said that "investigations were continuing".

Mrs Hudson denied being a puppy farmer but admitted she bred dogs to avoid "financial ruin" after the collapse of a family business and ailing health left her unable to work.

She said she ran her breeding operation without an ABN and conceded at one point that having more than 100 dogs in two sheds could be considered "intensive".

"I have no qualms about what I'm doing, at least it's all out in the open," she said.

"I could tell you there are a lot [of breeders] out there worse than me."

A Port Stephens Council spokesman said an inspection of Mrs Hudson's property last month discovered about 140 dogs, which breached the development consent limiting her to a maximum of 10 dogs.

Mrs Hudson said it was the first she'd heard of a limit and agreed to reduce her dog numbers to 10 by the end of February.

"I'm trying to get out of dogs by the end of the year," she said.

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au

So much there I could quote and respond to. It's disgusting how some people treat animals like they are disposable commodities. Next time you're thinking about buying that puppy in the window, do a little research on its history. Not only could the animals have suffered horribly, but you'll be stung with the vet bill later on in life when your dog develops health issues due to bad breeding.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Aramis

Aramis
Picture of Aramis
Sex: Male
Breed: Wolfhound x
Age: 10 months old
Colour: Light Brindle
Hair: Short

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dogged Resolve In Face Of Flood

Dogged Resolve

A WOMAN who lost everything in the Black Saturday inferno could lose it all again - to floods.

Kay Crawford moved from Kinglake to grasslands near Kerang to start a new life, but disaster has followed.

The kelpie breeder is refusing to leave her property in the tiny community of Murrabit, about 300km north of Melbourne, so she can stay and protect her beloved dogs.

Ms Crawford moved to the area more than a year ago after escaping from the Kinglake bushfire with nothing but her four-legged family.

Little did she imagine floodwaters would threaten to wash away her new life.

Barricaded in a sandbagged house as the banks of local waterways break around her, Ms Crawford can do little but hope - and pray - that she'll be spared.

"I copped the full whack on Black Saturday - I had seven minutes to get out," she said.

"I had four cats but I lost them in the fires. I got the dogs loaded up and turned back to get the cats but they bolted under the house before I could get them in the carriers.

"I lost everything - lost the lot. It was just me and the dogs after that."

Following the devastation, Ms Crawford toughed it out in a caravan on a friend's property for nine months - without hot water or electricity.

She chose to make her new home on the grassy plains around Kerang for fear of facing another inferno.

"When I moved up here I thought, 'Well, I'm never going to get burnt out here - if I get anything it'll be a grass fire'," she said.

Ms Crawford planned to use the donations she received following Black Saturday to put down a deposit on a house, but the money wasn't quite enough to secure a loan from the bank.

However, a family who bought a kelpie from her years earlier stepped in to help, purchasing the property so she had a roof over her head.

Despite all she's been through, Ms Crawford is philosophical about her position.

"It's just a waiting game for everyone, it's like a ticking time bomb," she said.

"I've still got my dogs - they're keeping me sane. I wouldn't give up my dogs for anyone. We've been through fires - if we have to go through floods, that's the Australian way."

Source: dailytelegraph.com.au


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sukie - Video

Sukie Video

Here's a video of Sukie, playing with two other dogs.




Sukie is still up for adoption. She's a very friendly, well socialised, girl, with lots of love.

Don't forget to check out the other dogs on our Youtube Channel.



Saturday, January 22, 2011

Karma

Karma
Picture of Karma
Sex: Female
Breed: Small Crossbreed
Age: 10-12 months old
Colour: Tan
Hair: Short

Friday, January 21, 2011

Muswellbrook Microchip Day


Is your pet microchipped?
Help your dog or cat become easily identified if it is ever lost or stolen.

Bring your dog or cat to Muswellbrook Shire Council to be microchipped and save $20 off the typical fee for this service - the Microchip Day price is only $12!
And your pet will receive a free gift!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Terrier Rising - Peggy The Menace

LONDON — She is ankle-height and looks cute -- but Peggy the tiny Yorkshire terrier is deemed so ferocious by Britain's Royal Mail that it has halted postal deliveries to the entire street where she lives.

Dubbed the "Beast of Dorset Gardens" after the street's name, the 15-centimetre (six-inch) pooch is accused of terrorising postmen and neighbours alike in the central English city of Northampton.

The Royal Mail said in a letter to residents that it had halted deliveries to the street since December 7 after Peggy had attacked a postman.

"Because of the dog's behaviour, he (the postman) believes your mail cannot be delivered safely and in the circumstances I have instructed him not to deliver mail to your address," the letter said.

Her owners told the local newspaper that Peggy is all bark and no bite.

"Peggy has barked at the postman but she wouldn't hurt anyone. She is only little," Kathleen Joyce, 49, told the Northampton Chronicle.

"She has been in this family for 10 years and there is no way we are going to get rid of her."

But the family's neighbours -- who have been forced to make a 14-mile (22 kilometres) journey to pick up their mail -- think differently.

"It is a vicious little thing and I have seen it going for the postman," one of them told the paper, asking not to be named.

The local council said it had ordered the family to rehome Peggy and warned that they could themselves lose their rented house if they fail to comply.

Source: smh.com.au

Note to all dog owners: Just because your dog is small, doesn't mean it can't be vicious. If you own a dog, be responsible for its actions, or you might just be faced with having to lose it.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bella

Bella
Picture of Bella
Sex: Female
Breed: Fox Terrier x
Age: 6 months old
Colour: Black/White/Tan
Hair: Short

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Queensland Flood Pet Options

Just ran into this on Facebook for anyone in Brisbane.

We have learned that whilst the Ipswich showgrounds evac centre will accommodate companion animals, the Brisbane RNA showgrounds evac center will not. Those evacuating Brisbane properties seeking shelter at the RNA will be forced to leave their animals behind. Anyone who can take in animals, or is seeking temporary accommodation for pets, please post on this new group: Queensland Flood Pet Options.

Stay safe everyone... and keep your pets safe too.