MidCoast Council urges residents to exercise responsible pet ownership MidCoast LGA (overall news) by News Of The Area - Modern Media - February 5, 2019 BEING a responsible pet owner and ensuring animals are microchipped and registered ensures MidCoast Council can return animals to their homes. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Natural Systems, Paul De Szell said, “The number one priority for our rangers is to return animals to their owners, however this can only happen if the animals are microchipped and ownership details kept up to date.” “All pounds in the MidCoast Council area are managed in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice 5 – dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments. Council has acknowledged the current concern with the way local pounds are run, saying it is important the community understands how the pounds operate.” “Dogs that make their way into our pound generally fall into the following categories: not identifiable, removed from their owners due to the threat they present or surrendered/dumped as they are unwanted by their owners.” Mr De Szell said. While he understood the concerns from well-meaning members of the community, there was often a misperception that all animals which end up in the pound can be rehomed. Many dogs that do end up at the pound have not been well cared for, and in many cases have been mistreated. As a result some dogs are not suitable to be rehomed, due to their temperament and behaviours. Mr De Szell said the animals are well cared for by Council staff, and it is upsetting for staff to be vilified on social media for doing their job. Council staff do work with several organisations to rehome suitable animals including the Animal Welfare League of NSW Great Lakes/ Manning branch, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue and Sweet Pea Animal Rescue.