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RSPCA calls for more regulation and education

By johnboy - 1 June 2011 15

The RSPCA is slowly coming to the realisation that just because the Legislative Assembly passes a law doesn’t make it so, as the numbers of dumped animals in the ACT continues to soar.

“This is a time of year when we expect to be slowing down and preparing for winter and the onset of spring. That is clearly not the case. Of the 1,439 companion animals presented during autumn, some 989 of them have been uninjured stray animals. The former Chief Minister recently said that the government looked after stray animals, well on these figures nothing could be further from the truth. RSPCA continues to do this work.

“There remains a clear over supply of animals in Canberra and a section of our community still hasn’t adhered to desexing and micro chipping laws in place. Further regulation and education is needed.

“We need urgent action to stem the flow of animals and additional funding must be provided to RSPCA to assist manage this ongoing increased workload.”

The Chinese have an old saying about Government writ: The River is Wide; Mountain Range High; & the Emperor is Far Away.

But if we’re not going to enforce all our laws more money to clean up afterwards seems like a good idea.

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RSPCA calls for more regulation and education
kezzafezza 12:55 pm 02 Jun 11

hoody said :

All the desexed female dogs I’ve owned over the years, all rehomed from various situations have had a small tattoo of three dots on one of their ears. I don’t know if this is standard practice though.

Our female cat got de-sexed in Sydney and she had a small circle of dots tattooed on her ear as well. The vet told me they have to do it. Our female dog got de-sexed at an RSPCA in Sydney but she has no tattoo.
My two kitties aren’t wildlife killers either, besides the odd spider. Strictly indoor only. When we buy a house we plan to build a cat run outside

The Frots 9:45 am 02 Jun 11

The RSPCA fella was on the ABC Radio this morning – re-emphasising that they receive no funding whatsoever from the ACT for providing shelter to rescued animals, etc.

Personally, I’d prefer to see some humans given the long, green dream first rather than the animals. We have a number of ‘rescue’ pets that were abused by owners when they were young – and I do mean abused. I’m happy to start with them and then work our way through a few other rungs on the genetic ladder before we get to any animals.

The RSPCA is meeting again with the ACT Government this month to contunue deliberations – lets hope they work something out.

Watson 9:06 am 02 Jun 11

hoody said :

All the desexed female dogs I’ve owned over the years, all rehomed from various situations have had a small tattoo of three dots on one of their ears. I don’t know if this is standard practice though.

You’re right, I forgot about that. My dog has it and my male cat used to have the tattoo too.

Captain RAAF said :

I catch one cat a month in my trap, all go to Weston Creek pound. Most of them are from my neighbors, who are never going to register their creatures, hell they don’t register their cars, why would they bother with a cat!!!!

We need suburban patrols with silenced .22’s, shooting any dog, cat,wildebeest that they find roaming our streets!

Charming. Your neighbours must love you.

You cannot register cats in the ACT.

Chop71 9:02 am 02 Jun 11

Captain RAAF said :

I catch one cat a month in my trap, all go to Weston Creek pound. Most of them are from my neighbors, who are never going to register their creatures, hell they don’t register their cars, why would they bother with a cat!!!!

We need suburban patrols with silenced .22’s, shooting any dog, cat,wildebeest that they find roaming our streets!

You’re on report, Charge —- “Internet Gloating”

hoody 8:56 am 02 Jun 11

All the desexed female dogs I’ve owned over the years, all rehomed from various situations have had a small tattoo of three dots on one of their ears. I don’t know if this is standard practice though.

Captain RAAF 8:38 am 02 Jun 11

I catch one cat a month in my trap, all go to Weston Creek pound. Most of them are from my neighbors, who are never going to register their creatures, hell they don’t register their cars, why would they bother with a cat!!!!

We need suburban patrols with silenced .22’s, shooting any dog, cat,wildebeest that they find roaming our streets!

Watson 7:28 am 02 Jun 11

gazket said :

O.K. a few questions.
A ranger could tell a male desexed dog easily but how do you check that a female dog is desexed ?
If all animals have to be desexed where do new baby animals going to come from ?

One option would be to make people who register their dogs provide evidence that they are desexed and microchipped (the dog, not the human necessarily) before they get their yellow tag. That way the ranger would only need to check if the dog is registered.

averagejoeaussie 11:10 pm 01 Jun 11

Yes, here we go again! All the do-gooder bleating about pets sold in pet shops obviously accounts for nothing…………

gazket 10:33 pm 01 Jun 11

O.K. a few questions.
A ranger could tell a male desexed dog easily but how do you check that a female dog is desexed ?
If all animals have to be desexed where do new baby animals going to come from ?

cranky 9:32 pm 01 Jun 11

Kuku, that was no troll.

I’m happy that you were able to find an animal that has returned you all the joy that a pet can give.

Let’s be realistic. There are an enormous number of animals arriving at RSPCA shelters than can be taken up by kind families like yours. There are nowhere near enough families. Brutal fact should be – If you aint attractive, the end is nigh.

Personally, I have no interest in any feline. They are wildlife killing machines, and have no place in a domestic situation. No feline should exit RSPCA alive!

Kuku 8:02 pm 01 Jun 11

cranky said :

If it comes in the RSPCA door, and is unidentifiable, euthenise it.

There is no way there are willing families lining up to adopt all these animals. I’m sure the RSPCA have a very good idea of how many, and what breeds, are the most likely to be adopted. Just get the ACT Gov to buy the required chemicals.

Problem solved.

Okay…TROLL! But hey Cranky…my ‘puppy-wuppy’ Cody, languished at the RSPCA for 8 months before he was re-homed with us 6 years ago. Yes there are families who are willing….give the animal a chance…..In our case…Win-win

thatsnotme 6:40 pm 01 Jun 11

Jindy said :

““There remains a clear over supply of animals in Canberra and a section of our community still hasn’t adhered to desexing and micro chipping laws in place. Further regulation and education is needed.”

How is a new law going to make people suddenly adhere to the laws already in place? What rot

I think the statement you’ve quoted is likely poorly written, and it should have said that ‘Further enforcement and education is needed’.

Watson 6:33 pm 01 Jun 11

Jindy said :

““There remains a clear over supply of animals in Canberra and a section of our community still hasn’t adhered to desexing and micro chipping laws in place. Further regulation and education is needed.”

How is a new law going to make people suddenly adhere to the laws already in place? What rot

I think they’re talking about working out the who and how of how the existing laws should be enforced. Eg.random checks by rangers to ensure animals are micro-chipped and de-sexed and on the spot fines if they’re not.

cranky 6:25 pm 01 Jun 11

If it comes in the RSPCA door, and is unidentifiable, euthenise it.

There is no way there are willing families lining up to adopt all these animals. I’m sure the RSPCA have a very good idea of how many, and what breeds, are the most likely to be adopted. Just get the ACT Gov to buy the required chemicals.

Problem solved.

Jindy 5:37 pm 01 Jun 11

““There remains a clear over supply of animals in Canberra and a section of our community still hasn’t adhered to desexing and micro chipping laws in place. Further regulation and education is needed.”

How is a new law going to make people suddenly adhere to the laws already in place? What rot

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