Managing and looking after domestic animals in Lockhart River is a responsibility we must share. A new local law for the control and registration of all dogs in Lockhart River has been adopted to assist council and the community to understand their obligations.
The council's job is to protect residents and visitors from stray dogs and animals such as horses and cattle. It is up to the owners to ensure their dogs are properly cared for and looked after.
There are a few in our community who do look after their dogs – feeding and grooming them properly. However, the majority of dogs are neglected and living on scraps to the point they have miserable lives as pets – they are flea-ridden, have worms, scabies and other exotic diseases that are also linked to health problems in our community.
The council will continue to arrange for visits by a veterinarian surgeon from Cairns to help implement a regular vaccination and euthanasia program. Hopefully, staff in future will be trained to put down animals so they do not suffer because no vet is available in the community.
Animal management issues can be reported to the Environmental Health Officer on 07 4060 7380.
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