Singleton Council pound to get a makeover thanks to community demands

July 20, 2016

Singleton Council pound (NSW) is what those in the animal rescue biz like to call a CRS... a Classic Rural Shitbox. Animals are exposed to the elements and the regular weather extremes of heat and cold.

Singleton Council Pound

Singleton Council pound (NSW) is what those in the animal rescue biz like to call a CRS... a Classic Rural Shitbox.

Council claim the facility was only ever supposed to be a ‘temporary’ solution and because of that - whattaya want us to do? *shrugs*

Animals are exposed to the elements and the regular weather extremes of heat and cold. This week local animal advocates have amplified their ongoing complaints over animal care, as the dogs in the facility have been without beds and were sleeping on the concrete floors. In winter. And while beds that were sourced and donated, sat unused.

According to Council records, in 2014/15, Singleton Council collected 236 roaming dogs of which 99 dogs were unclaimed. 78 dogs were passed to rescue as the facilities aren’t public or adoption friendly

Said Council on their website:

Singleton Council only has a small animal holding facility which is not designed to hold animals long term passed their impound date. This is why Council works so closely with rescue groups and shelters throughout NSW to rehome lost and surrendered animals.

Which is just. so. great. I think we all wish we could offload 50% of our daily workload onto a community, volunteer workforce, standing by willing to do this work for us for free, no?

After a public Council meeting on Monday night where local animal advocates spoke of the abhorrent treatment local pets were enduring on the community’s dime, Council’s general manager, Jason Linnane was “… quick to commit to immediately improving the conditions...” at the pound.

Which shows *exactly* the power of having local animal advocates investigating and auditing their local council pounds and then being brave enough to speak out on same.

Well done everyone involved!

Please lend your support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1746131628954830/

References

Singleton Argus (18 Jul 2016) - Councils Plans for Pound in Progress

Singleton Argus (18 Jul 2016) - Council to put improving animal shelter on agenda

Singleton Council FB Post (29 Jun 2016)

Singleton Argus (26 Feb 2016) - Pound concerns surface

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