Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sad Faces at Death's Door; the Number of Abandoned Animals Being Put Down Is Growing at Great Cost

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sad Faces at Death's Door; the Number of Abandoned Animals Being Put Down Is Growing at Great Cost

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom Kathy.Sundstrom@scnews.com.au

EVERY week between seven and eight unwanted animals are euthanased on the Sunshine Coast and about 20 others are sent to animal refuges.

The bill to ratepayers could not be determined, but a Coast council spokeswoman said vet fees were between $33 and $44 for each animal that had to be put down.

There is an additional travel charge of $22, and a charge of $35.20 if a nurse is required for big or aggressive dogs. Animals are given a minimum of three working days at the Noosa pound and four at Tanawha to find a new home before they are put down.

The council said euthanasia was athe very last resort, done out of necessitya.

aIn most instances the dogs euthanased would be dogs that are very aggressive that can't be re-homed, certainly not cute puppies,a a council spokeswoman said.

Julie Penlington, from 4Paws animal rescue, said many animals were hard to rehabilitate.

aYou wouldn't believe what some animals are put through,a Ms Penlington said. …

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