More animals put down

THE Rockhampton pound is destroying cats and dogs at a rate of more than three per day.

RSPCA Central Queensland regional inspector Shayne TowersHammond has delivered the lethal injections more times than he cares to remember.

"Mate, it's terrible,'' he said.

"When you look into an animal's eyes and see it go to sleep, sometimes you get a lump in your throat.''

In the past financial year, 664 dogs and 590 cats were euthanased in Rockhampton ? an average of 55 dogs a month and 49 cats.

Inspector Towers-Hammond said it was a sad indictment on society.

"A lot of people aren't giving enough thought to the animals they want, buy, or have,'' he said.

Inspector Towers-Hammond said the simple acts of fencing a yard, desexing an animal, and registering or micro-chipping it could reduce the number of euthanased pets by up to 20%.

In the three years he had been posted in Rockhampton, the number of pets being put down had increased.

"I haven't seen a decline at all in homeless animals since I've been here.



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