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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (8 December) . . Page.. 6074..


(1) The Belconnen to City Transitway Study is the latest traffic study involving Barry Drive and was undertaken in 2010-11. This study examined the provision of public transport and walking and cycling improvements from Belconnen to the City.

(2) The Barry Drive bus lane project cost was $4.5m exclusive of GST.

(3) (a) approximately 27,000 vehicles per day use Barry Drive between Clunies Ross Street and Boldrewood Street each weekday; and

(b) approximately 17,000 vehicles per day use Barry Drive between Clunies Ross Street and Boldrewood Street each weekend day.

Dogs—euthanasia (Question No 1911)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 27 October 2011 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) In relation to domestic animal euthanasia how many days does Domestic Animal Services (DAS) hold stray dogs for before they are euthanized.

(2) How does this time compare to other jurisdictions.

(3) Are there any times that DAS hold the dogs longer than the set time, and for what reason.

(4) What efforts does DAS make to contact dog rescue organisations, in order to rehome healthy dogs as an alternative to euthanasia.

(5) How many dogs were euthanized by DAS in 2010-11.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Under the Domestic Animals Act 2000, Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is required by legislation to keep a dog for a minimum of seven days. On the eighth day the dog becomes the property of the ACT and may be sold, rescued or euthanized.

(2) The ACT holds the dogs longer than any other State or Territory. Tasmania is required to keep dogs for three days, Victoria five days and New South Wales are five days and are currently moving to three days.

(3) Stray dogs are regularly kept at DAS for longer than the set time. The reasons for retaining the dogs relates to the capacity at the facility, extended negotiated collection times for parties interested in buying the dog and the potential for the dog to be sold.

(4) DAS has a Rescue Service Co-ordinator who is a member of ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF). Each Saturday, all stray dogs are temperament tested at DAS by ARF, who then liaise with other rescue services to find homes for suitable animals.

(5) 210 dogs (13.8% of dogs impounded) were euthanized by DAS in the 2010-11 financial year. This number is made up of:

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