News

Family sad pet was thrown away

Renee and Ben Jessen, 22 months, are wondering if their missing cat was the one found dead by the side of Dixon Rd.
Renee and Ben Jessen, 22 months, are wondering if their missing cat was the one found dead by the side of Dixon Rd. Brenda Strong

IT MAY have been her cat dead on the side of the road, but Renee Jessen has no way of knowing.

Indy, Renee's five-year-old white and grey tabby, went missing late last year.

She's since been sighted around town, recognisable by a telltale white patch on her rear.

A cat matching that description was found dead on Dixon Dr, Telina, on Valentine's Day.

Renee was alerted when a passer-by posted a comment on the Facebook page Gladstone Classifieds.

The woman wrote that she'd driven past the cat, but was unable to stop with her two young children in the car.

She then called the council, who told her the contractor JJ Richards would dispose of the body.

Renee called the council herself, to see if the cat had been scanned for a microchip.

She was told that wasn't the case.

"I'm a little bit upset," she said.

"It's sad to think that a family pet could just be thrown away."

Renee can't understand why the cat wasn't scanned.

Indy was microchipped, as per local law, so she could be reunited with her family if she went missing.

"I was under the impression that if my animal got lost it could be returned to me dead or alive," Renee said.

Without that closure it's difficult for Renee to move on.

"I still have a little bit of hope since it hasn't been confirmed that the cat was Indy."

Her son Benjamin also seems to miss the "easy-going" tabby.

"Whenever he sees a cat it's, 'Indy, Indy'," Renee said.

"She was a really good cat."

Renee admitted her cat Indy had "dropped her collar".

The dead cat found on Dixon Dr didn't have a collar either.

Council's manager of waste services Charlie Sotiris said a cat without a collar was viewed as feral.

Feral cats picked up by council's contractor are not scanned for a microchip.

Council contracts JJ Richards to pick up such animals.

"Do you equip every vehicle with a microchip scanner?" Mr Sotiris said.

"What if the microchip is damaged?

"At the end of the day the community pays for it."

He added that the best way to ensure a missing pet was reunited with its family, dead or alive, was to fit it with a collar and registration tags.

"Council always endeavours to recover the owner's details," Mr Sotiris said.

"To give closure," he added.

Mr Sotiris said it was important to microchip dogs and cats.

"Microchipping is a positive approach to responsible animal management," he said.

 

 

LOCAL LAW

Cats and dogs must be microchipped when:

Sold (seller responsibility)

Given away (responsibility on the person giving away the animal)

Before reaching the age of 12 weeks

The benefits of microchipping:

The barcode on the microchip is linked to your contact details and recorded on registry database

Your pet is permanently identified Australia-wide

Source: Gladstone Regional Council

Topics:  council, gladstone, microchipping, pets




7 Gladstone jobs up for grabs right now

There are two jobs up for grabs at Heron Island.

Ever wanted to live and work on an island?

School locked down after student 'approached'

LOCK DOWN: Toolooa SHS went into lock down yesterday as a precaution.

Gladstone high school in lock down to protect staff and students.

'Evasive action': Qantas landing scare at Gladstone Airport

SLOWDOWN: Passenger numbers at Gladstone Airport are expected fall dramatically in the next 12 months.

A QantasLINK plane diverted on landing

Latest deals and offers

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m