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Finding homes for stray dogs

Friday, 30th March, 2012

HOME AWAY: Rescuers Rhonda Helman, daughter Kathleen, Dr Guillaume Tabuteau and Council’s Animal Control Officer Alicia Stewart with some of the dogs that have been found homes elsewhere. HOME AWAY: Rescuers Rhonda Helman, daughter Kathleen, Dr Guillaume Tabuteau and Council’s Animal Control Officer Alicia Stewart with some of the dogs that have been found homes elsewhere.

By Emily Roberts

Stray dogs that have been impounded are having so much difficulty being adopted in the city that a rescue squad has formed to take them interstate.

Animal Control officer for City Council, Alicia Stewart, said that for the past six weeks Council and the pound had been working with rescue organisations in NSW, SA and Victoria.

The aim was to “greatly increase the number of dogs that are re-homed’, Ms Stewart said.

“Broken Hill is so rural we just managed to get networks available to come and get the dogs,” Ms Stewart said.

“It is a joint effort by Council and the pound and the wonderful rescue organisations to take animals and re-home them.”

So far about 20 dogs have been moved out of the pound, saving them from being destroyed.

“There is a shortage in Broken Hill and that is the reason why so many dogs are being euthanased,”  Ms Stewart said. “We don’t have enough people to adopt dogs.

“The Thursday before St Patrick’s Day, nine dogs went to another organisation in NSW and six went to Victoria.

“Today we have 13 more dogs going out of town, 11 of which have guaranteed homes to go to. It is giving dogs a second chance at a good life.”

In BH surrendered dogs are staying longer than ever and stray dogs are being kept over the mandatory period because no one will claim them.

The rescue group is Riverina Rescue which is made up of many rescue groups in Victoria, NSW, ACT, SA and QLD.

One rescuer, Rhonda Helman, and her daughter Kathleen travelled all through the night on Wednesday to get to the city and take the dogs to homes.

Ms Helman said this was made possible by organiser Nina Hartland who looks for animals that need to be re-homed. She said that all the animals are microchipped, vaccinated wormed, flea treated and de-sexed prior to being rehoused.

She said there was a need for more volunteers.

“(Picking up the dogs) is the easiest part and there are no volunteers to do it,” Ms Helman said. “My two sons and my daughter help me.”

Ms Stewart said the rescuers did a wonderful job and she was very grateful to them.

The Broken Hill Veterinary Clinic’s Dr Guillaume Tabuteau said it was nice that the dogs had somewhere to go.

“It is sad to have them impounded. In the past we have had to put down more than we wanted to, which is any,” Dr Tabuteau said.

“Personally, I would like there to be fewer strays.”

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