GLADSTONE Region Mayor Gail Sellers shared her mixed feeling when she officially opened the upgraded Gladstone Regional Council Animal Pound at Callemondah on Monday.
The Albert Street facility, the subject of a $1.43 million upgrade, has been operating for a week following its redevelopment and councillor Sellers lamented that it was certain to be well utilised.
"The upgraded facility provides greater care amenities for impounded animals, including modern veterinary services and space for Friends of RSPCA operations," Cr Sellers said in her official opening speech.
"While Council is delighted that the region's impounded animals can now be better cared for, it remains a shame that such facilities are required at all."
Cr Sellers said it was regrettable that ratepayers had to bear the financial costs of operating the pound and that it was sad to see unwanted or neglected animals have to be put down.
"While every effort is made to reunite lost pets with their owners and to find new homes for unwanted animals, the sad truth is that the pound is the last home many of our furry friends will see," she said.
The facility features 30 dog kennels and 21 cat cages with the capacity for future expansion to meet the growing region's needs.
It also contains council offices, equipment storage areas and veterinary amenities.
Cr Sellers said she was pleased that those working at the facility would benefit from its upgrade.
"Council is proud of the work conducted here by pound staff and Friends of RSPCA volunteers and is pleased to provide improved facilities in which they can carry out their important work," she said.
- The facility is open to the public from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with the collection of impounded animals and surrender services unavailable on weekends.
- Members of the public seeking to collect their impounded animals are required to pay a release fee at Council administration offices and present the receipt.
- The pound serves as a housing and collection point only for impounded animals and payments will not be processed on site.
- For more information phone the council's regulatory services on 4970 0700.