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Council farewells champion of unwanted dogs

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MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement

Headline: Council farewells champion of unwanted dogs

The Far North District Council wants to acknowledge and thank Sue Dennis for her eight years of dedicated work looking after and re-homing the district’s unwanted dogs.

Ms Dennis has worked as a contractor for council since November 2008, managing its southern area dog pound on her property at Okaihau. She resigned from that role effective from Wednesday 10 May.

Since becoming a contractor, Ms Dennis has dramatically increased the number of unwanted dogs the council has placed with loving and responsible dog owners – some as far away as the South Island, says General Manager – District Services Dr Dean Myburgh.

“I want to thank Sue for being a tireless champion for the dogs no one else wanted. When Sue took over as southern pound manager, council was finding homes for just 1 per cent of the unwanted dogs it impounded. By employing her extensive networks around the country, she has consistently found homes for 20 per cent or more of the strays we pick up. That’s hundreds of dogs each year.”

Dr Myburgh says he was saddened to receive Ms Dennis’ resignation, but vowed to continue her work finding homes for as many stray dogs as possible by using social media and other networks.

“This is a very difficult job for all staff and contractors. Ideally we would rehome all of the dogs impounded in the Far North. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to house, feed and care long-term for the hundreds of dogs that people abandon each year and many have to be destroyed. This is undoubtedly the worst part of the role for staff.”

Dr Myburgh says council is still working to find a suitable permanent new home for its southern pound. In the meantime, a temporary facility has been established to take dogs impounded in the southern area.

“We have come to an agreement with a local landowner and have created a facility that meets standards set out by Dog Control Act legislation. For security reasons, the landowner does not want that location revealed and we respect that wish.”

He said dog owners wanting to recover pets from the southern pound will now need to arrange pick-up directly with Animal Management Officers from a Council Service Centre between 9am and 12-midday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Council Service Centres are located at Kaikohe, Rawene (Tues & Thurs), Kaeo, Kawakawa, Kerikeri and Kaitaia (Te Ahu). Operations at council’s northern pound in Kaitaia have not changed.

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