Family wants impounded dogs back home with them
Thursday, 21st November, 2013
A family that believes their dogs were wrongly impounded are appealing to have them released.
David and Tanya Frost are caretakers at the Broken Hill racecourse. They have three dogs and recently two went missing.
“Last Friday we went out to visit friends, we came back and noticed two of our dogs were missing,” David said.
“Tanya went all around the racecourse looking for them. Then we ran into someone who said they had seen the dogs.”
The next morning the Frosts contacted the Broken Hill Veterinary Clinic to ask if their dogs were there.
“Vet Guillaume Tabuteau told us it would cost $200 to get the dogs out and that was including getting them micro-chipped,” David said.
“We are struggling at the moment and we are trying to save money to move to South Australia.”
David said they were told the dogs were picked up on the Racecourse Road.
“The dogs never left the racecourse, they were little lap dogs,” he said.
“We also didn’t know they had to be micro-chipped - there are different laws in Western Australia (where they came from).”
The family went to see Council but the issue was to be dealt with by Dr Tabuteau.
“A group of our friends on Facebook got together to raise money for the fees,” David said.
“We have had about 70 comments and written emails. But we’re not in it for charity.”
Dr Tabuteau said the clinic’s first concern, when the dogs were brought in, was for the owners.
“Because they are such small dogs and were found adjacent to a relatively isolated area of common land, or scrub, we wondered if an accident may have befallen the owner. We asked people living in that area to keep an eye out for anything unusual,” he said.
“It was only the next day that we received an enquiry from the owner. I did say at the time that had the dogs been micro-chipped we would have tried to contact them immediately.”
He said as part of running on a contract for City Council a stipulation was that all companion animals released to their owners must be registered. For an animal to be registered it must be micro-chipped.
He said that the Frosts did ask to get the registration fees waived as they were moving interstate.
“The cost per dog would have been $100 including microchip. When we microchip an animal, as well as putting it on the NSW government database, we also put it onto an Australia wide registry so that the animal can be traced from anywhere in the country,” Dr Tabuteau said.
“At present the Council is running a blitz on micro-chipping and registration. There have been too many stray dogs and cats wandering the streets, some being merely a nuisance, some causing car accidents, some attacking other animals or people.
“Many, many people whose pets never leave the yard are getting them micro-chipped and registered. They are not overly happy about this but accept that it is part of responsible pet ownership, and so are following the rules.”
Dr Tabuteau said in the case of the Frost’s dogs they were at risk of being run over or causing an accident.
“The person who found the dogs indicated definitely that the place where they were found was other than the racecourse grounds and they were afraid of the animals being hit by a motor vehicle.
“I would be most surprised that when they took their pups to their veterinarian for vaccinations that they would not have been told about micro-chipping and its advantages.”