Animals in the pound

Published on 15 May 2017

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Council would like to remind residents to securely confine their animals. If for any reason your dog or cat goes wondering or becomes lost Gannawarra Shire Council would like to assure residents that dogs and cats are kept in the pound for their own safety and the safety of the community.

Director Infrastructure and Development Geoff Rollinson says dogs and cats are in the pound to ensure the safety of the animal, other animals and the public or, in some cases, have been surrendered by their owners who are no longer able to look after them.

“Dogs and cats in the Council pound are checked regularly and provided with food and water on a daily basis,” Mr Rollinson explains. 

“If a dog or cat is picked up by the Council Ranger, it is checked for registration and scanned to look for a microchip. If the owner is contactable the animal is easily returned to the owner,” Mr Rollinson said. 

By law, dogs and cats that are not identifiable are required to be held by the Council for eight days, after which time the animal is rehoused, if unclaimed.

Dogs and cats are rehomed by reputable rehousing organisation and are collected from the Council pound. Every animal that goes through the rehousing organisation is vet checked, desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed, given flea treatments, and dogs are tested for parvovirus.

“Ensuring the animal will be rehomed into a suitable environment, lifestyle and family, is the rehousing organisation’s greatest concern,” Mr Rollinson says.

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website


Date: 15 May 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627