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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2243 ..

station. Staff there, where time permits, would assist elderly or physically challenged persons in the unloading of waste. If they identify themselves as such at the weighbridge they may be directed to the tip face.

(2) See (1) above.

(3) The landfill is well signposted with directional signage enabling easy location of appropriate disposal areas. Staff monitor activities of patrons and are in radio contact with each other.

Animals-owner identification

(Question No 782)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the location of owners of lost animals, in particular cats and dogs, which have been taken to both the ACT Domestic Animal Services and RSPCA animal shelters:

(1) If an animal is found to be wearing an identification tag, is micro-chipped or tattooed, allowing the owners to be readily identified, how many attempts are made to contact the owner in order to advise them that their pet has been taken into the shelter;

(2) If the owner of a lost animal is successfully contacted, how long is the animal held if not retrieved by the owner before:

(a) allowing the animal to be sold to a new owner; or

(b) destroying the animal if it is not re-homed;

(3) If the owner of a lost animal is unable to be contacted, how long is the animal held until (a) and (b) above come into effect.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

I am providing this response with regard to Domestic Animal Services, but I cannot comment on the operations of the RSPCA. The response only refers to dogs, as Domestic Animal Services does not have any facilities for holding cats.

(1) When a dog is brought to Domestic Animal Services by a member of the public or a ranger, it is immediately scanned for a microchip and any tags or tattoos are noted. As soon as the dog has been placed in a kennel, an officer makes the following enquiries:

- if the dog is registered, the Domestic Animal Services database is searched for contact details

- if a microchip was found on the dog, three microchip databases are searched, being Central Animal Records; Australian Animal Records and NSW Companion Animal Records Register.

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