Animal Welfare

Singleton Council operating pound in appalling conditions

Singleton Council operating pound in appalling conditions

The Hunter/Central Coast regional group of the Animal Justice Party (NSW) condemns the appalling conditions at Singleton pound and will be making a formal complaint to the RSPCA.

AJP NSW demands that simple, yet necessary upgrades be undertaken by council immediately.

Yesterday evening a local AJP member visited the pound and observed the disturbing sight of an impounded white Labrador, caged, unprotected from the elements, no raised bed and no blanket or jacket. As the prediction of temperatures as low as 1 degree overnight with wind and rain, Singleton Council continues to fail in its duty of care to this innocent animal and indeed past and future animals unlucky enough to be impounded by the council.

AJP Hunter spokesperson, Joshua Agland: “The council run pound is completely inadequate and fails the most basic of requirements to ensure animals do not suffer because of exposure to the elements. Singleton Mayor Sue Moore may like to say that everything is ok and that her council is considering plans for a new facility but reality is, the pound as it stands right now is far from ok.”

The current facility and indeed the situation being endured by the white Labrador fails the most basic requirements set out in government legislation and codes of practice. The NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 – Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments states under Section 3.2.1 where a facility is outdoors they must protect from rain and wind, provide adequate shade, and be partially enclosed to provide a sheltered sleeping area. Section 3.5 in relation to temperature states; Animals must be protected from extremes of temperature and the environmental temperature controlled to minimise distress to animals. Section 3.9 in relation to bedding states; All kennels should be provided with a raised sleeping area and sufficient bedding, appropriate to the breed, or trampoline-style beds.

AJP Hunter spokesperson, Joshua Agland:

“This is an appalling situation that has been going on for too long now. It appears Singleton Council and its elected representatives have little knowledge or care for the conditions endured by the innocent animals who, through no fault of their own, have been impounded in this facility.

These council facilities are operating using rate payer’s money, they have previously received NSW taxpayer’s money to upgrade animal holding facilities, yet, the suffering continues. To use funding or resources as an excuse for an animal not to have the basic requirements such as a raised bed and blanket is inexcusable. Especially when we have so many dedicated rescue groups operating on donations willing to donate a bed, blankets, and jacket to the council for the dog. Even our local AJP group is willing to donate a bed, blanket, and jacket to provide some basic care.”