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    Both our dogs were pound dogs, rescued by a shelter on 'euthanisa day' and then adopted out. They had heartworm tests done by the shelter and were given the all clear.

    When we adopted Molly, we had her home for a few days and then she developed kennel cough, the shelter (RSPCA) arranged for us to take her to an emergency vet on a Sunday and they covered all the vet and medicine costs. I was a bit worried about Meika also catching KC but all her vaccinations were up-to-date and thankfully they were working Molly had been vaccinated but wasn't out of the 'safe time zone' yet, but in all honestly, there are much worse things to worry about than KC - its very rarely a bad illness and they usually recover within a few days

    Our local pound does not adopt out to the public, they rely on rescue organisations to save the animals, otherwise they are ethanised. They do, however, take 'expressions of interest' from people and pass their details onto the rescue groups, so the rescue (usually the RSPCA but some smaller rescues too) will come and collect the animal, contact the interested person, carry out all vet work (including heart worm testing) and then adopt the animal out to the interested person.

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    Both our dogs were pound dogs, rescued by a shelter on 'euthanisa day' and then adopted out. They had heartworm tests done by the shelter and were given the all clear.

    When we adopted Molly, we had her home for a few days and then she developed kennel cough, the shelter (RSPCA) arranged for us to take her to an emergency vet on a Sunday and they covered all the vet and medicine costs. I was a bit worried about Meika also catching KC but all her vaccinations were up-to-date and thankfully they were working Molly had been vaccinated but wasn't out of the 'safe time zone' yet, but in all honestly, there are much worse things to worry about than KC - its very rarely a bad illness and they usually recover within a few days

    Our local pound does not adopt out to the public, they rely on rescue organisations to save the animals, otherwise they are ethanised. They do, however, take 'expressions of interest' from people and pass their details onto the rescue groups, so the rescue (usually the RSPCA but some smaller rescues too) will come and collect the animal, contact the interested person, carry out all vet work (including heart worm testing) and then adopt the animal out to the interested person.

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    I don't think we have local pounds in Adelaide - AWL and RSPCA get all the dogs and cats based on what council finds them. The councils (well ours does) has a sort of temporary set of crates but I don't think the dogs are there longer than a weekend before they go to the RSPCA.

    If the dog is registered with a tag on or has a microchip - the ranger does their best to re-unite with the owner including giving the dogs a ride home but otherwise - off to the RSPCA they go ie that is the pound.

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    Our local pound are hopeless! Even when a dog is registered, microchipped or has a name tag WITH phone number - the pound will still not contact the owner. A dog without any 'identification' is only given 3 days before being euthanised and one with identification is given 5 days, although it seems silly that they recognise that the dog is identifiable but still don't contact the owner

    I help out on our local lost and found pet facebook page and on more than one occaision, people have had their registered, microchipped dogs wearing a collar with phone number go missing, they have called the pound and have been told no dog matching the description is there, but we urge them to go to the pound and look themselves and when they do, their dog is there! They are absolutely hopeless.

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    Yup that's atrocious but common.

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    I don't treat my dog for heartworm. When I was in Qld I used to treat Kodi but when I moved to Tassie the vet told me that it is not an issue in this state.
    I believe it has something to do with the cold. I know of no-one in Tassie with dogs that treat for heartworm here.
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    It does depend on where you are, but the study covers several states in Australia.

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    I think there are some refuges or rescues that are set up to make sure dogs are healthy when adopted. I do treat my dogs for heartworm where I live although mosquitos are virtually non exisistant due to low rainfall because I do travel a bit with them. No one else I know treats their working dogs though and I have never heard of any problems. I have a couple of dogs from a rescue and like Hyacinth I just started them on heartworm meds without testing. They had been vaccinated though.

    Dogs that come into the rescue I know with known heartworm infection are treated. They are usually all vet checked when they arrive. I have to say kennel cough doesnt really worry me, all mine have had it at some stage vaccinated or not.

    I think you just have to be a bit discerning on where you adopt from. I agree that the pound is probably fraught with potential issues and often dont even desex or vaccinate. A friend of mine picked one up straight from the pound that way.

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    Heartworm is only one problem...another serious problem is Parvo. We as dog owners spend a lot of money keeping our dogs healthy and so we should but from what I've seen in two pounds...this is defiantly not the case.

    Most of the dogs I've seen are in very poor condition...some just skin and bones. I can only imagine what these poor dogs have been through at the hands of these lowlife "owners". Being neglected for so long is of concern to me and could prove very expensive especially when the council gives you next to no time to have the dog checked by a vet...no wonder the say "Buy at your own risk".

    Here is a quote from our council which doesn't give you much time...

    "Council also advises customers that animals purchased from the AHF may not have been inoculated against disease and Council is unable to guarantee that animals will be free from hidden disease or internal/external parasites. Animals are purchased at the customers own risk. Council recommends having the animal's health checked by a veterinarian within twenty four (24) hours of purchase. Should the animal die or be diagnosed with a life threatening illness/disease customers must contact the AHF within forty eight (48) hours of purchase. Purchase costs may be refunded upon provision of a veterinary certificate detailing the animal's condition. Council will not be held responsible for any veterinary fees incurred".

    I wonder if the above council statement is legal ? As consumers we all have rights...I wonder what Fair Trading would say.
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    Someone wrote a letter to one of our local newspapers complaining about the terrible conditions at Blacktown pound..."Dogs housed in freezing cold concrete and caged cells totally exposed to the freezing conditions".

    The council didn't like the bad PR so the General Manager got council spin doctors to write a reply describing the pound like a five star hotel and goes like this...

    Dog kennels are roofed...enclosed on three sides...have heaters and at night blinds are pulled down at the front to create fully enclosed sleeping quarters. The dogs have blankets...beds and heaters so they are in warm fully enclosed kennels.

    I doubt the GM has ever been to the pound...well I have a number of times and not long ago...I didn't see any blankets and I know there is no heating unless the GM means all the dogs huddle together on the cold concrete floor to keep warm.

    There are about 80 kennels with two or more dogs in them...so each kennel would need at least two blankets giving a total of 160 blankets.
    These 160 blankets would need to be washed daily so you would need another 160 blankets to replace them while the first 160 were being washed and this would be a daily occurrence...who washes the blankets...not the staff and imagine the cost so what the GM is saying is a load of crap but we all knew that.

    The GM forgot to mention that the staff hose out the kennels with the dogs in them summer and winter...most dogs are in the kennels 24/7...when a dog arrives it's put in a kennel and that's where it stays and doesn't see a vet either...then put to sleep after the 7 or 14 day requirement...who'd want to be a dog.
    Chloe & Zorro
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