Pound protectors keep up the pressure on Blacktown Council

MEMBERS of Sydney’s Pound Rounds animal rescue have resumed ties with Blacktown Council following their recent fallout over the killing of five dogs.

Spokeswoman Melanie Norman said they decided to do this in the general interest of animals after a meeting with the council’s senior managers in charge of its pound last week.

‘‘We have resumed support for abandoned pets in Blacktown pound by presenting new information from the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce for more resources/strategies to help dogs survive impounding,’’ she said.

‘‘Senior council management have accepted full responsibility for the bad decision in the killing of five dogs on March 15.

‘‘The council still stand by its decision to have outside assessors conduct temperament tests.

‘‘But it has rescinded the application of this model going forward.

‘‘They will seek an independent review in mid-April on the processes to be undertaken regarding rehoming options.’’

Ms Norman said the current method of temperament testing was unreliable and unscientific. 

‘‘We are supported by the NSW Companion Animal Taskforce which called for the development of a “behavioural assessment” model that “must be consistent, repeatable and validated and must remove elements which may provoke negative reactions in animals”.

Blacktown Council Urban Animal Management Committee chairman deputy mayor Russ Dickens welcomed the resumption of the relationship with Pound Rounds.

He said the incident arose from a council ‘‘mix-up’ and that it had generated bad publicity.

‘‘I have the highest regard for Pound Rounds for saving the lives of thousands of abandoned animals,’’ he said.

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