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Cr Andrew Antoniolli

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  1. Please note that the contract is merely suspended. It is not cancelled or terminated. With respect, the question is moot.
  2. Thanks for your response, Cr Antoniolli. It seems you were true to your word in saying you believe in natural justice. A sound basis for any investigation. I have no problem with your use of the word 'scuttlebutt'. It's a slang word for 'hearsay'. And 'hearsay' is passing around information that is not documented as factual. Yes, Thank you. I did not mean to offend. Rumours and innuendo run thick and fast and merely muddy the waters. I will stick to facts and I have outlined the facts as they should be put at this point of an investigation. I do not intend to be drawn into any dis
  3. I have been requested to respond to this matter and some of the claims regarding the AWL suspension from the Ipswich Pound. Please note that this is the subject of an internal investigation therefore, in the interests of natural justice, my response will be brief. The suspension and investigation relates to claims of animal welfare and matters pertaining to operational management and breach of contract. The AWL has been suspended with ongoing payment of their contract pending the result of the investigation/inquiry. The RSPCA will undertake interim management of both the pound and rehoming
  4. Just providing an update on previous posting on this forum regarding the AWL taking over the pound operations for Ipswich City Council. The floods certainly delayed the commencement of operations however the AWL are now settled into the pound and have began the role of pound manager and the establishment of a rehousing facility on site. Please refer to Ipswich City Council media release: http://www.ipswich.qld.gov.au/about_council/media/view_release/?id=3331&action=viewMediaRelease and also refer to QT newspaper story: http://www.qt.com.au/story/2011/11/11/endofdog-deathrow-pound-part
  5. In answer to all those questions and statements above. The 'Getting to Zero' (or G2Z) program is quite simple. That said it is not immediate and does take time to reach the full 'Zero' target especially when introduced into a new area such as Ipswich, although once the AWL take over the Ipswich pound operations there will be an immediate improvement in services and outcomes. This will include access to AWL vets who will undertake emergency and regular vet services to pound. In essence the program is quite simple i.e. All dogs/cats that are surrendered or unclaimed (dumped/unwanted) at the
  6. Thx Poodlefan This proposal has been on the drawing board with Ipswich for many years and I have been advocating for it's commencement. It's also important to understand and be aware of the feelings of animal lovers such as those involved in this forum. A few years ago this proposal stalled after the RSPCA annouced that it was moving it's State HQ to Ipswich. We took this news as an opportunity to work with the RSPCA campus, however, some 18 mnths later they were forced to move to Wacol as the land chosen by the State was undermined and unsuitable. We then went out to tender and were pleas
  7. Thx Mita As part of the preparation/input into the Ipswich Disaster Management Plan, myself and some of the Anaimal Management Staff had successfully advocated for the inclusion of pets at evacuation centres. History of other international disaster events has shown that people are reluctant to leave their pets at time of crisis and emergency, therefore by including pets we remove the hesitation and it worked well. We had in excess of 450 pets temprarily housed at the Ipswich Evac Centre and the help we received from volunteers (including one of my daughters) was exceptional. Not sure whether
  8. Thanks Corvus AWL currently run the Gold Coast pound facility and as a result they have, over time, developed their 'Getting to Zero' (G2Z) initiative to a point where they now have a successful Zero Euthanasia Rate. The initiative is simple......All dogs/cats suitable for rehoming and/or with treatable health/temperament issues are rehomed. In the Ipswich partnership we will be adopting the same initiative, together with other promotion, education and marketing campaigns designed to improve pet ownership responsibilities and therefore improve animal welfare. The partnership formally comme
  9. IPSWICH City Council is finalising negotiations to form a partnership with the Animal Welfare League of Queensland Inc to manage city's Hooper Street Animal Management Centre. Health and Regulation Committee Chairperson, Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said a decision from today's Council meeting would lead to formal negotiations for the AWL to run the day to day operations of the Animal Management Centre freeing Council staff up to focus on other animal management duties. "This is probably the best result we could have achieved to attract the expertise of the AWL with whom we have worked ver
  10. Got a problem Mr/Ms NoKillAustralia? Then take the effort to call me rather than make dark accusations as if the world is completely evil. Sometimes, and perhaps this may be difficult for you to accept, things just aren't as twisted as you have been so easily manipulated to believe. I take some of your accusations to heart because they insinuate something that I, like you, take very seriously. It is your right to have an opinion, not to make unfounded accusations or insinuations based on uncommon or past practice. You don't know me, nor I you, so rather than disparage me, call to discuss.
  11. Ipswich City Council has recently released some new strategies and initiatives designed to improve our service in the Animal Management area and reduce the negative social impacts of animal ownership on the greater community. These initiatives have taken many months to develop to the release stage and include: 1. A data pofile of pet ownership in Ipswich which also includes community understanding and behaviour in relationship to ownership. This will enable council to develop a strategic plan for the management of animals in Ipswich, particularly pet ownership; 2. Continuation of our Active
  12. Cr. Andrew, younhave not commented on my proposal. I belive that it needs someone higher up to take this issue with CAR and the like. Bilbo Baggins Pls ring me, as I'll admit to not being familiar with this issue. I'm familiar with the State Legislation - Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 in that all new dogs are to be micorchipped at POS and that same with existing dogs if changing/transfering ownership, however, the other issue you raise is not familar to me. Again, pls feel free to ring me. Number below.
  13. Just make sure you're wearing your tinfoil hat when you call. Oh and watch out for black helicopters overflying your home. You don't happen to look like this do you Councillor? Hah Ha ha ha. Thx for lightening up the moment. Haven't heard from NKA yet and doubt I will.
  14. Got a problem Mr/Ms NoKillAustralia? Then take the effort to call me rather than make dark accusations as if the world is completely evil. Sometimes, and perhaps this may be difficult for you to accept, things just aren't as twisted as you have been so easily manipulated to believe. I take some of your accusations to heart because they insinuate something that I, like you, take very seriously. It is your right to have an opinion, not to make unfounded accusations or insinuations based on uncommon or past practice. You don't know me, nor I you, so rather than disparage me, call to discuss.
  15. Noted. I can assure you that any action of the like by an Ipswich Council employee would be met with dismissal and referral to the authorities. Such action by one of the staff within my portfolio would disappoint and sadden me greatly.
  16. What would these qualifications be? Conducted humanely in what way? It's contracted out to a vet practice.......Any questions? Really! The days of hitting them over the head with a shovel went out years ago. Let's keep it real and give some respect to Animal Management staff. I think that you would find that 99.9% of them have a real love of animals and despise irresponsible pet owners. Our staff have been very proactive in increasing our rehousing numbers and should be congratulated for being proactive in this regard. Do you really think these people enjoy putting dogs down? If you feel
  17. Cr Antoniolli when is the ICC going to do something about the Parvo problem at the pound. I have been informed by someone who has had very close connections with the pound that Parvo will continue to be a problem until more is done in recognising when a dog has Parvo, and how the situation is handled once Parvo is recognised. How many qualified staff (nurses in particular) do you have employed at the pound - people with formal training who can recognise Parvo symptoms as soon as they see them? I wondered when this thread was started if Parvo would come into it and sadly it has played a lar
  18. Although I respect everyone’s right to an opinion, I would like and perhaps would enjoy the opportunity of a right of reply: 1. This quote is cynical to say the least and perhaps biased. Further, the dog was held for 10 days which has been painfully pointed out by myself and other contributors to this forum. This incident is both sad and unfortunate, however it is hard to justify anger at the council for the outcome. 2. Any form of identification assists in the reduction of pets PTS. Surely every right-thinking person would be aware of that. Registration on it’s own does not assist without
  19. Pls find result of enquiry/investigation into the above matter and the original entry to this forum/comment stream: The said dog was privately impounded on 30 DEC 2009 after being located in Purga (suburb of Ipswich, south/west of the city approx half way between Ipswich Central and the neighbouring Local Governement Area known as Scenic Rim Regional Council). Dog was listed on council's online 'Lost/Found/Impounded Animals Index' (LFI) on the same day, however, due to the busy time period a photo was not uploaded to the LFI until 4 JAN 2010. There were no identifying features on the dog th
  20. I agree about not assigning all responsibility to the Council. But I don't blame someone for not leaving collar on at home either. Compulsory (and well enforced) microchipping should be the standard everywhere, IMHO. Disagree. Dogs are usually at home before they go missing. Tradespeople leaving gates open, wind blowing gates, dogs digging under fences etc etc etc. So an owner bears full responsibility when their dog manages to get out (or be left out) without their collar showing ID disk, rego tag....& even the tag which shows they're microchipped. What do you expect the counc
  21. Would you like a list of years of accepted practice items that are considered arcane and out-of-date? Just because something has had years of accepted practice (let's pick a favourite: white Australia policy; hardly a Good Thing), it doesn't mean it is best practice now. Open your mind, sir. I don't think anyone is saying that desexing is a bad thing but it doesn't automatically follow that desexed dogs roam less. And can we not get onto dog attacks because really, do you want an argument about BSL? BSL? My mind is a parachute, however, no-one has produced evidence to the contrary. In m
  22. Hi Cr Andrew Antoniolli Are you able to reference the scientific study council bases its stratefy on wrt desexed dogs being less aggressive and roaming less. Thankyou I don't think any responsible, informed breeder would argue with him on this point. Unneutered dogs, if unsecured, will wander in search of a mate. And if they encounter any competition in the process (ie another unneutered dog) they will fight for the 'right' to mate with a bitch that is in season. That's great but I'm interested in the science. Neutered dogs, if unsecured, will wander. Neutered dogs will fight. I
  23. Hi Cr Andrew Antoniolli Are you able to reference the scientific study council bases its stratefy on wrt desexed dogs being less aggressive and roaming less. Thankyou I don't think any responsible, informed breeder would argue with him on this point. Unneutered dogs, if unsecured, will wander in search of a mate. And if they encounter any competition in the process (ie another unneutered dog) they will fight for the 'right' to mate with a bitch that is in season. That's great but I'm interested in the science. Neutered dogs, if unsecured, will wander. Neutered dogs will fight. I
  24. yes - and some dogs only turn up to the pounds weeks - months - after they've gone missing. This means that the owner needs to physically visit the pound every few days for months on end, less their dog be PTS. A good point and I would suspect that aside from the possible migration issue or fault issue of microchips this would be the best solution. That said, I am looking into our (and RSPCA's) Lost and Found Index (LFI) to see how we can improve.
  25. We recently discussed this matter at length in council. I appreciate that many have views on this, however, it's hard to dispute facts. Our research has clearly shown that 3 clear business days (which totals in the end nearly 5 or more holding days) is sufficient. I have previously commented on this forum that approx. 80% (of collected dogs) are collected by or reunited with owners within 2 days. We also have the ability to hold dogs for longer periods if we have a strong belief that the dog is identifiable (i.e. microchipped, rego tag etc.). I find it hard to believe that someone who lo
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