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Nearly 200 pooches reunited with owners in Livingstone

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Hundreds of pets have been reunited with their owners or adopted, after being impounded in Livingstone Shire in the last year.

Council has revealed a significant increase in the number of cats and dogs released back to their owners or rehomed in 2020. 

Between January 1 and November 30, 263 pooches were impounded in the region, with 194 of those released back to their families, while another 56 found new forever homes.

Seventy cats were impounded during the same period.

Nine of those have been returned to their owners and 50 have been adopted.

Councillor Andrea Friend says unfortunately, due to health and behavioural issues, some animals aren’t suitable to be rehomed as they could pose a risk to the community.

Cr Friend has thanked council staff and community groups for managing to rehome so many pets. 

“Council collaborates closely with three animal welfare organisations, who work tirelessly to achieve a good outcome for these animals, including Capricorn Animal Aid, Four Paws and RSPCA," Cr Friend says.

“Impounded pets that are not able to be reunited with their owners via an animal registration tag, microchipping, or lost pet section of our website, are advertised through these groups.

“Without their help, a large number of animals would not be rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed."