Smokey the cat was euthanised as his owner Corey Vickers desperately searched for him.
Smokey the cat was euthanised as his owner Corey Vickers desperately searched for him.

No microchip, pound mix up causes unnecessary death of cat

COREY Vickers will freely admit the lack of a microchip was the largest contributing factor in the untimely death of his four-year-old Russian blue cat, Smokey, but bureaucracy also got the better of him.

The disabled cat was born with knee problems and wasn't too agile, so Mr Vickers wasn't too concerned at first when he went missing as there wasn't too much trouble Smokey could get into.

But after more than a week absent, he called the Toowoomba Animal Management Centre.

After a belated sighting on a Facebook page, Mr Vickers concluded the cat had been lodged with animal management and moved to the RSPCA.

Sadly, it wasn't to be. Due to a mix-up poor Smokey had been overlooked in the reports and after six days was euthanised as the RSPCA deemed him unfit to be re-homed.

It turned out Mr Vickers had filed his report before Smokey was even admitted to the centre, but somehow staff failed to match the description to the cat.

He now wants to see the system changed so people could tour the centre and look for animals in person, and also buy more time for animals before euthanising.

Toowoomba Regional Council environmental health portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said council did not take lost animal reports, but it did allow residents to look at impounded animals.

"If an animal owner attends the AMC or a Customer Service Centre and wishes to report their pet as lost, they are encouraged to report the lost animal to RSPCA Lost Pet or other appropriate sites, such as Toowoomba Pets - lost and found," he said.



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