No it's not mandatory, I wish it blardy was though! I think it varies from state to state, AFAIK in VIC animals sold from the pound must be desexed prior to release (I imagine there would be exemptions for animals going to rescue?), but in NSW animals are released without being desexed - nice little supply of cheap animals for the byb'ers. Maybe it also varies from council to council too?
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Thanks for that clarification, Myf. I would say if it's a rule it certainly isn't adhered to by all shelters/pounds etc. For example, I know of shelters both here and in Qld that certainly don't adhere to it, and obviously Grey's does too.
Obviously, the Cranbourne pound DOES adhere to it. I bet that bloke wishes he'd not allowed any circumstance to occur where the dog got out and was wandering to be picked up by council DCO, though.
I called the Peninsula RSPCA and asked them.
She said yes it is mandatory in most states, and yes, only a few shelters/pounds carry through with it. The council is required to pay a portion of the fee for the desexing, which makes more work for the pound, I suppose thats why they are quite slack with it.
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Thanks for that.
Still laughing at "thoroughbred" though. In my smartass mode I think I would have written in to the editor explaining to the fellow that he should have checked the racetrack, not the pound. PMSL.
My apologies AMF,half read your post squinting at it without my glasses, also got called away half way through, then came back and replied without going over it properly, you are all quite right in thinking I was entirely out of order, your actual letter is great.
Promise to shut my loud mouth until I am sure I have my facts right in future.
Dont be too hard on yourself MinniBulls
Just a little musing here...its interesting to note that in the pounds/shelters that enforce the desexing rule,what if dog has papers,owner is not yet a member of their sate body but plans to become one with the plans of showing their papered dog.
Whilst it may be a great intention I do wonder if or what precautions are in place so that dogs that have no right to be desexed arn't?
Great letter Myf I agree and good on you for writing it, but assumptions shouldn't,(imo)be placed in a public paper in an open letter.
I agree that most would probably not call their papered dogs thoroughbred but stranger things have happened. I once worked for a lady who bred Andalusions and she often used the term,these animals a thoroughbred,no out crosing at all here,and this lady knew what she was talking about extremely well.
Just musings and food for thought....assumption is one ofmy pet hates and has led to some of the biggest problems in history.
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