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How can you see this and not do anything? Former volunteer Simone Lieschke said in a petition that she witnessed an emaciated sick, young black dog left to die while a rabbit was left for five days with obvious signs of disease, its eyes closed oozing puss and an infected ear. Other allegations of cruelty by the three volunteers include animals left without food or water, a mother dog left on the wet cement to give birth to her puppies, the mishandling of animals, sick animals left to die without vet treatment and the 'overwhelming lack of compassion for animals'.
The volunteers also raised concerns with the shelter's statistics, alleging that 'incoming and outgoing numbers of animals are not matching', an 'inaccurate euthanasia percentage' and 'anomalies in surrender statistics for cats'.
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Nine lives: This cat pictured , also found dumped in one of the pound's freezers, was saved by former volunteer Belinda Oakman who ended up adopting the 'larger than life' family member, named 'Saviour'. According to Wagga Wagga Pound's statistics, 69 dogs have died and not been euthanised in the past three years, meaning that a dog dies nearly every fortnight. During a three-year period, a total of 44 dogs and 37 cats were unaccounted for. The Council's pound website is often not kept up to date, which rescue groups and the public rely on to determine which animals they can save and to identify lost pets.
In a statement provided to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Eldridge said he acknowledged there had been mistakes at the shelter in the past, and 'assured' that the animals are 'well cared for' and is 'working with staff to improve animal welfare' at the pound. He said that while the matters were distressing, they are 'historic in nature' and 'any necessary action has been taken in the past'. RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David O' Shannessy told Fairfax Media that following an extensive investigation, they were not confident of proving 'criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt' and not having a pound-specific animal welfare code of practice presented them with legal obstacles.
Ms Oakman said she volunteers at the shelter because many of the surrendered animals never would have experienced human kindness, and without volunteers, routine neglect and abuse would pass unnoticed. Despite these issues that reflect an ongoing pattern of neglect and lack of compassion being raised with Council since , the volunteers claim that 'very little has changed' and are 'disappointed' in Council's responses, which has prompted them to create a petition that you can sign here.
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Volunteer worker reveals horrific cruelty at Wagga Wagga City Council's animal shelter
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