Officers pounce on animal breaches

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ANIMAL management breaches prompted Mornington Peninsula Shire officers to issue 587 infringements during the first three months of the year.

Data contained in the shire’s Quarterly Community Report: January-March 2020, released last week, shows that officers responded to 3215 animal management matters from January to March.

During that period 147 cats were impounded at the shelter in Watt Road, Mornington, with only 50 found to be registered. Of these, 30 were returned to their owners, 31 were adopted through the shire’s adoption program, 30 were re-homed by rescue groups, and 35 were euthanised. All were registered at the time of their release.

Of the 292 dogs impounded over the same period, only 150 were found to be registered – although, as with the cats, all were registered by their release date.

Staff managed to reunite 274 dogs with their owners, nine were adopted through the shire’s adoption program, three were re-homed by rescue groups and five were euthanised.

Officers prosecuted 60 matters through the courts resulting in fines and costs of $57,000 being awarded to the shire. Matters prosecuted ranged from animal management to litter offences.

First published in the Mornington News – 19 May 2020

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