16 Apr Stop convenience killing of Victorian shelter animals
Beautiful greyhound Dash experienced five years of exploitation by the racing industry. After being surrendered to a large animal shelter, Claire and her partner fostered Dash for six weeks and reported an improvement in his anxiety-related behaviours.
When Claire was asked to return him to the shelter, she was assured he would find a loving home. A few weeks later, they received an email stating a behaviourist was working with Dash and he was “doing well!”.
However, Dash had already been killed. Moreover, shelter management confirmed that a behaviourist never met or worked with Dash, his anxiety was not treated with medication, despite an onsite vet clinic, and no rescue organisation was contacted to assist with his care.
I have a greyhound who looks just like Dash, his name is Sputnik. I just can’t bear the thought of him going through what Dash did.
That’s why I am sponsoring a parliamentary petition for our animal shelter laws to change in Victoria.
The petition is calling on the Government to introduce legislation that implements mandatory public reporting of shelter animal euthanasia statistics, provides for mandatory rescue group access to all animals in pounds and shelters, and further, prohibits euthanasia of animals in pounds and shelters where a rescue group is willing to take on their care.