ROCKHAMPTON'S pound has come under fire at a national conference on the Gold Coast.
It's animal management practices were widely criticised as one of the worst examples nationally at the Getting to Zero conference last week.
The 250-strong audience heard the facility had "no emphasis on saving lives...no emphasis on disease prevention" and slammed it for using adoption as a "secondary" option over euthanasia.
But Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow said tough decisions have to be made.
She also defended the council's euthanasia rate, and said in July alone almost one third of the animals euthanised were at the owner's request.
"We can and will do more on social media to help get more animals rehomed. But it will not save every animal," she said.
"We support local agencies that help in this field, we have given the RSPCA $19,000 so far this year."