City of Belmont put down more than 80% of impounded cats last financial year

City of Belmont put down more than 80% of impounded cats last financial year

ONE Perth council put down about 80 per cent of the cats it impounded in the last financial year.

From nine metropolitan councils surveyed, the City of Belmont put down 63 of the 76 cats it impounded.

With much higher numbers impounded, the City of Swan put down about 55 per cent of the 304 cats it impounded and 8 per cent of the 52 dogs.

Some councils ranked worse than others when it came to killing impounded cats

RSPCA WA communications manager Richard Schoonraad said it was a statutory requirement to keep any animal that came into a pound facility for seven days to give owners an opportunity to come forward but beyond that all pounds would generally have different policies in regards to re-homing and euthanasia.

“In order to help alleviate the number of animals that end up in a pound facility, pet owners should be responsible by ensuring their animals are de-sexed and micro chipped so if they are picked up by a ranger they can be returned safely,” Mr Schoonraad said.

“The other thing that can help to alleviate the number of animals that might be euthanised in other pound situations is to look at adopting a rescued animal if you are shopping for a pet rather than buying a new animal.”

The cities of Fremantle and Wanneroo rates of putting animals down is almost zero due to their re-homing them to animal care facilities such as the Cat Haven in Shenton Park.

This is a similar case for dogs in Fremantle and the City of Rockingham with most going to refuges such as Shenton Park.

Certain councils had a kill rate of almost zero due to an emphasis on rehoming

Local Government Minister David Templeman refused to comment.

IMPOUNDING DOG BEST
1. Town of Victoria Park – 68
2. City of South Perth – 92
3. City of Belmont – 107

IMPOUNDING DOG WORST
1. City of Wanneroo – 850
2. City of Swan – 683
3. City of Rockingham – 646

EUTHANISED DOG BEST
1. City of Rockingham 1%
2. City of Fremantle 1%
3. City of Kalamunda 1%

EUTHANISED DOG WORST
1. City of Swan 8%
2. City of Belmont 8%
3. City of South Perth 8%

IMPOUNDING CAT BEST
1. City of South Perth – 41
2. City of Belmont – 76
3. City of Rockingham 80

IMPOUNDED CAT WORST
1. City of Swan – 555
2. City of Mandurah – 269
3. City of Wanneroo – 211

EUTHANISED CAT BEST
1. City of Fremantle 0%
2. City of Wanneroo 0%
3. City of Rockingham 3%

EUTHANISED CAT WORST
1. City of Belmont 83%
2. City of Swan 55%
3. City of South Perth 46%

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