Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cairns pet owners: lock up your dogs!

Dogs in Cairns need safe fencing to ensure they don't roam the neighbourhood, getting into trouble.  Cairns Vet Clinic recommends you microchip, register and have a collar with your contact details to ensure if your dog does get it he can be returned to you.
What sort of trouble do dogs get into?  Cairns vets regularly see dogs with the following problems as a result of roaming:
Cairns Pets are at much higher risk of tick paralysis than in many other areas.  If you need further reasons: check out the damage dogs have caused to native wildlife in the Cairns area: remember that children could also be at risk of dog attacks.

Our say: Pet owners have a duty

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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THE scene at the Leichhardt Soccer Club on Monday would not be out of place in a horror movie. Do think the dog's owners should be held responsible?

It is not only distressing to see the cruel destruction of so many native animals, but even more so to hear it is by domestic pets.

Pet owners have a responsibility to look after their animals, to ensure they are kept in a secure area, and kept under control at all times.

Additionally, owners also need to make sure their pet is registered with their local council, exercised daily and properly looked after while their owner is on holidays.

If owners cannot suitably provide this basic level of care for their dog, then perhaps they may want to rethink being a pet owner.

Dog attacks are becoming an increasing problem across the Far North, an issue compounded by the sheer number of feral dogs that haunt some of our more problematic areas, such as White Rock, which the RSPCA has pointed out, is an area notorious for animal attacks.

Last year, a White Rock family lost six pets to dog attacks while a pitbull mauled a pet cat to death in front of horrified onlookers in January 2008.

The consequences of failing to properly care for pets, as the carnage at the sports ground reveals, can be severe. They may be wallabies today, but tomorrow, it could be an endangered cassowary, or even a small child that comes face to face with an unleashed, unsupervised pet. is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Shocking scenes: butchered wallaby

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