New council to have unique service for lost pets handling
LIVINGSTONE Shire Council will open a temporary animal pound on January 1 in a form the transfer manager Graeme Kanofski believes could serve as a model to other local governments.
The facility will be within council premises at the Cordingley St depot, however it won't be open to the public.
Instead it will offer a door-to-door service.
Residents who have lost a pet, want to claim an impounded animal, surrender a stray dog or cat, or want to report a wandering animal, can call the council.
Transfer manager and interim CEO, Graeme Kanofski said impounded animals would be cared for by a professional carer and could be viewed in real time on the council's website.
Emu Park animal advocate Lyn Laskus said she had several concerns with the arrangement and claimed it was in breach of the Animal Management Act, which says a person must have access to impounded dogs.
"Six months or not, this is a state Act, and overrides any local law," she said.
But Mr Kanofski said while the Act provided for people to inspect animals at a reasonable time, it didn't apply if it was impractical or unreasonable.
"There are no public toilets and very poor access off the main road. We are providing the door-to-door service to compensate," he said.
"I simply can't build a new pound and nor should I be committing large sums of money in a transition.
"This is a temporary measure for six months to get the pound up and running until a full facility can be operational."
Mr Kanofski said impounding was a last resort as officers first check registration and go to the owners house.
"Overall, this provides some uniqueness and could end up being a model other local governments can look at," he said.
"Certainly the RSPCA and Capricorn Animal Aid are encouraged by what we are doing. We're in regular liaison with them."