At the May council meeting, a tender to run the pound services was awarded to Canine Country Kennels. The service changed to the new operator on July 1, 2016.
Wodonga will still have a pound service, with the same operator used by AlburyCity, and Wodonga rangers will still carry out animal management in the city including collecting and returning pets, dealing with dangerous and restricted dogs, investigating disputes and fulfilling the council’s legislative obligations. Registration fees will continue to cover this and the costs of a pound service.
One in three dogs picked up by a ranger go straight back home (258), 77 per cent (404) of the dogs that go to the pound are collected by their owners and another 19 per cent (101) are rehomed. Four per cent are deemed unsuitable for homing and are euthanised (21).
Wodonga Dog Rescue will have the same access to unclaimed animals at Canine Country Kennels as they did at Wodonga Pound and have the opportunity to work alongside other rescue agencies presently working with the new operator.
Our city has outgrown the building which it is also not suited to the long stays or the code standard required of an animal shelter. Its location, inside the Waste Transfer Station site, restricts its use as a community facility as public access is limited after hours and some public holidays.
The council spent the past 12 months undertaking an expressions of interest process and then a formal tender process. This was widely publicised in the media and discussions were held throughout with Wodonga Dog Rescue.
Wodonga Dog Rescue was offered guidance on submitting an EOI. The group declined to do so and council respects their decision.
Last updated: 01-07-2016
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