Gloucester loses animal pound facility

Published on 12 February 2019

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Following criticism on social media of pound management in the MidCoast Council area, Gloucester residents will now be without pound services in their township 

MidCoast Council has had arrangements with a local boarding kennel to use their facilities to operate a pound service in Gloucester.

Due to a recent barrage of criticism on Facebook, including members of the community identifying the location of the kennels and making abusive comments, the kennel operator has decided to remove their services from council.

This will mean anyone wishing to surrender an animal or to retrieve an impounded animal will now have to travel to Forster or Taree.

“This is most disappointing from Council’s point of view – this business was assisting us to provide a valuable service to Gloucester,” Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Natural Systems, Paul De Szell said.

“They are a licensed boarding kennel and – like all of our pound facilities – operate within the regulations.”

Mr De Szell said all pounds, and boarding kennels, are required to conform with the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice 5 – Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments.

“It is concerning members of the community have unfairly attacked a local business who has been providing services to the community, and the result has meant a loss of services for Gloucester.”

MidCoast Council thanks the kennel operators for the support they have provided the community by offering this service.

Visit our web page for more information on how pounds are managed in the MidCoast region.