STRANDED ANIMALS A CONCERN

The plight of a handful of horses and cattle stranded near Skyringville has raised concern with Bundaberg Regional Council.

Council’s Animal Control Officers said they are aware that four horses and several head of cattle are stranded in floodwaters on different islands.

Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor, Cr. Mal Forman said Council staff would attempt to identify the animals but it remained the responsibility of owners to arrange the removal of stranded animals.

“We do not destroy animals out of hand unless there is a compelling case to do so to end any suffering.”

Cr. Forman said he understood the four horses had been fed and watered by staff from the Bundaberg Port Authority and RSPCA. “I would like to congratulate staff from the Bundaberg Port Authority who have gone to a good deal of trouble and arranged for the care of these animals.”

 “In relation to the cattle I understand that up to 10 head may be involved and late today one of our animal control officers was contacting Bundaberg Port Authority and RSPCA staff to ensure some inspection and care for these animals can be provided at the earliest opportunity.”

Cr. Forman said the problem of stranded animals always arose during major flooding. “Our officers do what they can within the limits of their authority and invariably liaise with the RSPCA. The welfare of all animals is a prime concern to our staff.”

Contact the Council Call Centre on 1300 883 699 for further information.

 Date: 03-02-2013       Time 4.45pm

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