GANNAWARRA Shire would like to remind residents to securely confine their animals.
Infrastructure and development director Geoff Rollinson said 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 pound are checked regularly and provided with food and water on a daily basis,’’ he said.
‘‘If a dog or cat is picked up by the 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.’’
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.
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 said.