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New dog trucks for when Fido breaks free

By johnboy - 8 January 2014 47

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TAMS are celebrating the arrival of all singing and dancing dog catching trucks:

Domestic Animal Services (DAS) has received two new state-of-the-art vehicles that will make conditions safer and more comfortable for dogs being transported, while also limiting the risk to rangers by reducing the need to handle heavy or aggressive dogs.

Manager of Licensing and Compliance Michael Brice said the new vehicles will help DAS deliver a better service to the community.

“The new state-of-the-art trucks are capable of transporting up to seven dogs ranging from big to small, all in separate cages. They also include a cage system which can be lowered to street level, reducing manual handling and heavy lifting, to make the vehicle safer for dogs and rangers,” Mr Brice said.

“Lifting a large dog into the back of a vehicle can be difficult, and if the dog is dangerous there can be a risk to the ranger and the animal. As the new vehicle can lower two of its cages to the ground, rangers can simply walk the animal into the back of the vehicle and secure it. The cage can then be repositioned on the back of the vehicle using a winch.”

Mr Brice said the new truck would be particularly handy over the upcoming holiday period, when DAS rangers generally collect more stray dogs, as pet owners go on holiday and leave their pets at home.

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New dog trucks for when Fido breaks free
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Mike Bessenger 9:38 am
08 Jan 14
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Improving the response time would make conditions safer and more comfortable for dogs, while also limiting the risk to the general public.
As a dog lover I always try secure run a ways and call the ranger (through Canberra Connect).
The last couple of incidents, one the ranger took nearly two hours to respond, the other on a weekend Canberra Connect said they ‘would’ try get a hold of a ranger. No-one ever called me back and no-one turned up.

The ACT government need to piss off that waste of time department they call Canberra Connect.

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Zeital 10:34 am
08 Jan 14
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I think more what they need is more ‘after hour’ holding pens at DAS. Last time I took a friendly stray there late in the evening both where already in use, lucky for the little dog his owner finally picked up the phone after trying to get onto them for over an hr

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HiddenDragon 12:20 pm
08 Jan 14
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Very nice, but do they come with matching stainless steel Roombas?

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Watson 1:13 pm
08 Jan 14
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Mike Bessenger said :

Improving the response time would make conditions safer and more comfortable for dogs, while also limiting the risk to the general public.
As a dog lover I always try secure run a ways and call the ranger (through Canberra Connect).
The last couple of incidents, one the ranger took nearly two hours to respond, the other on a weekend Canberra Connect said they ‘would’ try get a hold of a ranger. No-one ever called me back and no-one turned up.

The ACT government need to piss off that waste of time department they call Canberra Connect.

As a dog lover, you would do anything in your power to prevent a dog being sent to the prison camp for dogs they call the pound. You can list them (or call and get them listed) on the found dog database, you can check if they are on the lost database (again, can do this online or over the phone), you can take them to your nearest vet to get their microchip checked or you can take them to the RSPCA. That is of course, if they are not wearing an ID or rego tag.

And if the rangers had nothing better to do than to sit around waiting till someone called them about a dog that took himself for a walk, that would definitely mean we were paying too many of them. It’s not as if Canberrans don’t whinge enough about their rates as it is… But they do expect 24/7 prompt service for every trivial issue that might cause them some minor inconvenience.

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Mike Bessenger 2:16 pm
08 Jan 14
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Watson said :

As a dog lover, you would do anything in your power to prevent a dog being sent to the prison camp for dogs they call the pound.

That’s a negative. As a dog lover I’d rather the dog be in a safe environment then roaming the streets where it could be injured or injure someone.

Watson said :

You can list them (or call and get them listed) on the found dog database, you can check if they are on the lost database (again, can do this online or over the phone),

They are my first steps, calling a ranger is always a last resort.

Watson said :

You can take them to your nearest vet to get their microchip checked or you can take them to the RSPCA. That is of course, if they are not wearing an ID or rego tag.

That’s another negative. During the day I’m at work, and at night the local vets are closed.

Watson said :

And if the rangers had nothing better to do than to sit around waiting till someone called them about a dog that took himself for a walk, that would definitely mean we were paying too many of them.

True, god forbid someone in the public service doing their job correctly.

Watson said :

It’s not as if Canberrans don’t whinge enough about their rates as it is… But they do expect 24/7 prompt service for every trivial issue that might cause them some minor inconvenience.

Probably because for the amount of rates/taxes we are paying, we are getting very little in return.

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Grrrr 2:36 pm
08 Jan 14
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Watson said :

And if the rangers had nothing better to do than to sit around waiting till someone called them about a dog that took himself for a walk, that would definitely mean we were paying too many of them.

So when you call up a company you’re a customer of, do you get annoyed if their phone queue is less than 2 hours long because that means that they’re paying for too many people to answer the phones? After all, if they paid for less people they could give you a cheaper rate, right?

Heaven forbid that the rangers might be provisioned with some expected idle time, during which they could catch up on paperwork, or clean the truck, or any number of other responsibilities other than catching dogs.

I hope you’re not a manager of anything important.

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Madam Cholet 2:39 pm
08 Jan 14
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I called Canberra Connect to report my neighbour’s sh*t of a dog was running round the street probably just over a week ago. They were away on holiday and had someone coming round to feed them once a day. I tried to catch it but it was not of a mind to come too close and to be honest it escaped because it was bored and would probably do so again. Neighbours, even though they know it gets out have failed to stop it.

Anyhow, Canberra Connect informed me on that day that there was no one at DAS who could come out at all to see if they could get it. It may have been a public holiday, but seeing as dogs don’t tend to observe them I’m wondering why DAS were not running on some kind of skeleton staff?

Not my first woeful experience of DAS.

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aceofspades 2:49 pm
08 Jan 14
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As a child during the 70’s and 80’s there did not seem to be the urgency of having an unrestrained dog immediately taken into custody and incarcerated. The family dog would attend leadless at most outings and be treated as part of the family. Dogs would swim with us at Pine Island and attend BBQ’s in public places. The sighting of an unrestrained dog was such a common occurance that nobody even noticed. Stragely enough, through all these years I do not remember a single incident that involved a dog causing any harm to anybody or anything apart from the odd tiff with each other. What has caused mans only best friend to suddenly become so much more vicious and dangerous that we must invest in state of the art defensive hardware, run for the hills and immediately restrain these ferocious animals on sight? Is it something we are putting in their water bowls perhaps?

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maxblues 3:51 pm
08 Jan 14
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These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

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Persephone 3:57 pm
08 Jan 14
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I have found DAS really good when I have called them for assistance, particularly when I had a neighbour who thought that every one else’s front garden was their dogs litter box, and was a very aggressive dog! I am glad that DAS is getting equipment to help make their jobs a little easier.

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Mike Bessenger 4:29 pm
08 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

Give Enzed in Fyshwick a call, if they can’t help they’ll be able to tell you who can.

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Pork Hunt 5:02 pm
08 Jan 14
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maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

If you are vaguely referring to a tail gate loader, I think all the major manufacturers have service reps in town.
The system in the DAS truck looks like its on tracks with an electric winch judging by the blue strap visible.

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maxblues 5:08 pm
08 Jan 14
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Mike Bessenger said :

maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

Give Enzed in Fyshwick a call, if they can’t help they’ll be able to tell you who can.

Thanks for that. I have since seen there is an outfit in Queanbeyan called Canberra Hydraulic Engineering….has anyone used them?

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maxblues 5:16 pm
08 Jan 14
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Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

If you are vaguely referring to a tail gate loader, I think all the major manufacturers have service reps in town.
The system in the DAS truck looks like its on tracks with an electric winch judging by the blue strap visible.

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

No the vehicle has a Razorback conversion (no rear axle and the floor lowers to the ground). They were produced in Balaklava, South Australia and exported to Europe for VW Transporters and Fiat trucks.

If you are vaguely referring to a tail gate loader, I think all the major manufacturers have service reps in town.
The system in the DAS truck looks like its on tracks with an electric winch judging by the blue strap visible.

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maxblues 7:10 pm
08 Jan 14
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Pork Hunt said :

maxblues said :

These new DAS vehicles look like they use a hydraulic system for the lowering/raising the cage system. I have a vehicle with vaguely similar hydraulics at the rear. Can any kind Rioter recommend any repairer in the Canberra region with expertise in hydraulic systems?

If you are vaguely referring to a tail gate loader, I think all the major manufacturers have service reps in town.
The system in the DAS truck looks like its on tracks with an electric winch judging by the blue strap visible.

I somehow cocked up the quote last time, so I shall have another go. You are probably right about the electric winch. My vehicle has a Razorback conversion using hydraulics to lower the floor of vehicle to the ground (no rear axle).

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