New program saves Spook
HAPPILY, Spook will never know how lucky he is.
But as the councillor who oversees the operation of the region's animal pounds, Tony Williams knows only too well that the lively pup is fortunate to be alive.
Last May The Bulletin ran a front page story, headlined SLAUGHTERHOUSE, revealing the shocking truth about the numbers of cats and dogs put to death under council care.
In March last year more than 300 pets were euthanised, sparking outrage in the community and a determined drive by the council to find new homes for more of the animals taken to the pound.
It's now clear that the efforts are working.
This week the council published statistics for January, revealing that for the first time, more pets were rehomed than put down.
Cr Williams, chairman of the health and regulatory services committee, said dogs like Spook owed their lives to new partnerships with the RSPCA and Capricorn Animal Aid and the hard work of staff to end the destruction of so many healthy animals.
"We are seeing the benefits now and it's great to see," he said.
"We still have to hammer home the message about responsible pet ownership, the importance of desexing and microchipping.
"But more of the pets taken to the pound are finding homes and that's fantastic."
Cr Williams said although the corner had been turned there were still far too many pets that had to be destroyed.
Nearly 250 cats and dogs were impounded in January and 118 of them were euthanised.
As for Spook, he is now making himself at home with a loving family and has every chance of leading a happy life.
He's a lucky pup.