Shelter on the move, not everyone happy

Temporary arrangements have been finalised with Rossmore Vet to host stray animals. It is located at 651 Bringelly Road. Picture: Simon Bennett
Temporary arrangements have been finalised with Rossmore Vet to host stray animals. It is located at 651 Bringelly Road. Picture: Simon Bennett

Casula resident Suzanne Denslow, who helps reunite lost dogs with their owners as part of the Hammondville & Surrounding Suburbs Pet Watch Facebook group, said she is "frustrated" by the lack of consultation by Liverpool Council over Liverpool Animal Shelter's move to Rossmore Vet.

Temporary arrangements have been finalised with Rossmore Vet for the management and provision of veterinary services for council's impounded animals for an initial period of six months to coincide with the expiry of the existing lease at Austral.

Council vacated the existing Animal Shelter site in accordance with the lease expiry date of July 19 after previously seeking an extension to the lease.

Liverpool Council Acting CEO Dr Eddie Jackson said council is seeking to secure an alternative site for a "permanent animal shelter" after they backflipped on their original decision to move animals to the new Blacktown City Animal Holding Facility which would only will be able to house 135 dogs and 230 cats between eight council areas. Ms Denslow, who started a change.org petition to save the shelter which has attracted almost 9000 signatures, said council has made "no effort" to consult with the public. Her requests on how many kennels will be available to Liverpool dogs at Rossmore Vets have gone unanswered.

The Liverpool Animal Shelter was located at 402 Bringelly Road, Austral. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Liverpool Animal Shelter was located at 402 Bringelly Road, Austral. Picture: Simon Bennett

"They didn't bother writing a post about the closure and when confronted It was only when I aired this myself onto social media they confirmed it a few days later," she said.

"My main concern about the move is the staff at Liverpool Animal Shelter are not there to attend to them - they are the reason our shelter has the great reputation not council. The ladies who used to work at the shelter go above and beyond for the animals.

"We pleaded for the staff to stay and move over with the animals so they can be taken care of properly."

Dr Jackson said council staff will attend the Rossmore site on a "daily basis" to exercise and interact with the animals in conjunction with the vet staff. The Rossmore Veterinary Hospital also services the Canterbury/Bankstown and Camden council areas.

"Council has full confidence that Rossmore Vet has sufficient capacity to care for any stray dogs, cats and other animals in quality conditions. There will be no change to costs or conditions and council's No Kill Policy will still apply. The Rossmore kennels are similar in area to the kennels at Liverpool Animal Shelter," he said.

"Council will focus on rehoming animals, employing an additional ranger and a rehoming officer to try and get all lost animals straight back to their homes."