Women release the hounds from the Rockhampton pound

COUNCIL officers got the shock of their lives on Saturday morning when they discovered all the cages at the city pound were empty.

Two women allegedly broke into the Rockhampton Regional Council pound on Quay St on Friday night and released the dogs.

Const Ray smith of Rockhampton Police said the women broke in with the intention of cutting padlocks with bolt cutters to let their own dogs out, but decided to break all the padlocks. He said they took their own dogs home and released two others.

Council officers discovered the empty cages on Saturday morning and called police. They located the women in question but two dogs are still missing.

Councillor responsible for animal management, Ellen Smith, said she was disappointed she was not aware of the incident until she received a call from The Morning Bulletin on Sunday.

"It would have been nice to have been advised by council that this had happened, this is a very serious incident," she said.

"They could have been dangerous or diseased animals … anything could have happened."

Both women have been charged with wilful damage and will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court.



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