Tweed Shire Council is the largest Council on the north coast of New South Wales. The Council is home to approximately 90,000 residents.
The Tweed has two public hospitals, 34 primary schools, nine secondary schools, three public libraries, two TAFE campuses, three public swimming pools, more than 480 parks and reserves and more than 35 sports fields. (ref)
Tweed Shire Council Pound is located at the local rubbish tip. This facility can accept general solid waste, construction and demolition waste and asbestos, but it is also where they hold living, breathing people's pets.
In 2015/16 the facility impounded 587 dogs. 332 went home, leaving
255 unclaimed dogs
Of these, 81 were sold from the pound43 went to the local ‘Friends of the Pound’ group, while
131 were killed.
Two dogs entered the pound earlier this month; one on the 9th November and one the day after on the 10th.
Both were held for the required 14 days.
But then, on the 14th day - the day they could be legally killed - they were killed.
How does a council run a pound at a tip in 2017, and still claim it's "doing all it can" to save lives? How can a council of such considerable size as Tweed, still think that treating people's pets like disposable garbage - literally holding them at the tip - is still acceptable?