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2(c) ACT NOWaste has required a number of preventative strategies to be put in place to address these matters. ACT NOWaste is continuing to monitor the issue of dumping of commercially collected recyclables to landfill.

(Question No 2071)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 7 May 2008:

(1) How many dogs did the Domestic Animal Services (DAS) provide shelter for in the 2007 calendar year;

(2) Of the total outlined in part (1), how many dogs were (a) surrendered by members of the public, (b) strays, (c) seized and (d) transferred by the ACT RSPCA;

(3) Of those dogs outlined in part (1), how many were (a) returned to owners, (b) permanently homed by DAS, (c) permanently homed by ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF), (d) sent to the ACT RSPCA and (e) destroyed;

(4) Does DAS follow up with ARF regarding fostered dogs and whether or not the dogs in question are ultimately homed;

(5) Does DAS provide dogs in care with access to environmental enrichment opportunities;

(6) Does DAS have a time limit that a dog can stay at the pound before it is destroyed.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. There were 2109 dogs sheltered at DAS during the 2007 calendar year.

2. a. 266 dogs were surrendered by members of the public;

b. 1399 dogs were stray;

c. 366 dogs were seized; and

d. 78 dogs were transferred to DAS from the ACT RSPCA.

3. a. 1353 dogs were returned to their owners

b. 387 dogs were permanently homed by DAS;

c. 150 dogs were re-homed by ARF

d. 6 dogs were sent to the RSPCA

e. 188 dogs were destroyed.

4. DAS, ARF and other rescue organisations in the ACT work hand in hand to provide safe and caring homes for the dogs impounded at DAS. DAS and ARF provide each other with regular feedback on the fostering and re-homing of the dogs they rescue.

5. DAS has a very effective volunteer program. This allows the dogs in care to be socialised with other dogs as well humans. The volunteers and Rescue agencies in partnership with DAS Rangers provide basic training and behavioural assessments.

6. Dogs are to be held at DAS for 7 days. After this time they can be sold or destroyed.

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