Mayor hits back at parvo pound claims

MAYOR Margaret Strelow has reassured community members the parvo issues at the pound have been taken care of.

Biosecurity Queensland recently finalised an investigation prompted by pre-election allegations and found the allegations regarding the Rockhampton Pound were unsubstantiated.

Cr Strelow said the council recently installed a puppy quarantine centre and upgraded its animal management procedures at the current pound location and both initiatives have proved to be highly effective in reducing the incidence of parvovirus.

"We are never going to completely eradicate parvo from the pound; we live in a tropical climate and parvo thrives here, but we have made it better," Cr Strelow said.

"We are also currently assessing tenders for the brand new pound facility at Gracemere, which will be built this financial year."

Cr Strelow explained the council already works with the RSPCA to offer subsidised desexing programs.

"Capricorn Animal Aid do good work in the Rockhampton and Livingstone regions and they run a substantial operation. Their annual budget is $250,000," she said.

"They advised us in April that they had spent a total of $7325.30 on parvo treatment for animals from our pound during the three months up to mid-March.

"On Tuesday, council will consider a committee recommendation to give them a $7000 grant.

"This is on top of the other subsidies and support we offer to all agencies who rehome animals from our pound."

Cr Strelow said these are tough times financially for many organisations that rely largely on donations.

"Capricorn Animal Aid announced they would be temporarily suspending their usual 'desexing subsidies' which assist pet owners with vet bills until the new financial year."



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