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Dogs Seized From No Kill Shelter

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mita   

Thanks for posting that info, Steve. Good to see something positive.

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It's tomorrow. The Moorook camp are in denial, the council has released some minutes from one of their meetings that show they have made it clear that they won't be supporting the shelter and the tone is they will be shutting it down. Then there is also the matter of Lola having all her assets frozen as she is under investigation, don't know which agency yet. If she survives the rspca court case the council will close her or restrict her to the point she will close herself. Then she has to survive whatever action there is that caused her assets to be frozen. You can't ignore the law for nearly 20 years and not expect to get caught.

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The ABC Riverland article is slightly different to the one that Steve posted from ABC News yesterday. Rev Jo, the bolded bit will interest you I think.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/07/22/3808011.htm

The Moorook Animal Shelter has complied with animal welfare orders issued by the RSPCA as part of five-month investigation into conditions at the Riverland facility.

The animal welfare organisation returned to the Riverland-based shelter on Thursday, July 18, in relation to three animal welfare notices it issued in mid-March.

"We were very pleased to announce the shelter passed with flying colours," Moorook Animal Shelter representative, lawyer Susan O'Toole, said on Friday.

The RSPCA has confirmed that it was "satisfied with compliance at the inspection".

"[The] RSPCA was satisfied with compliance at the inspection and no additional concerns or matters arose at the inspection," it said in a statement.

Criminal charges of animal cruelty against the operator of the shelter, Lola McLachlan, are ongoing and the case will be heard in Berri Magistrates Court this week.

Working bees

The RSPCA removed eight dogs and one kitten after inspecting the shelter on March 6 as part of an investigation into conditions at the facility.

Inspectors returned the following week and issued animal welfare notices requiring kennels to have concrete floors, fences to be repaired and all dogs to be exercised daily.

Supporters of the Moorook Animal Shelter have held regular working bees in order to comply with the animal welfare notices.

"It was a great sense of relief and I know that Lola McLachlan, who runs the shelter, wanted me to express her thanks to all the wonderful volunteers and supporters who help her at the shelter," Ms O'Toole said.

She said the shelter was reliant on support from volunteers.

"The shelter is privately run, it receives no government funding at all and any of the money that is spent at the shelter is actually spent by Lola herself, so she is very reliant on the assistance of volunteers," Ms O'Toole said.

"Lola is very happy that the shelter passed the RSPCA inspection and she is looking forward to strengthening the relationship between Moorook and RSPCA in the future."

Animal numbers

Ms O'Toole said the Moorook Animal Shelter remained dedicated to its no-kill policy and would continue to accept animals dropped off at the shelter.

"The numbers are dependent on how many animals are taken to Moorook either by council or by private individuals, so the numbers do fluctuate," Ms O'Toole said.

"Moorook has been very successful over the past few years in re-homing animals.

"Part of Lola McLachlan's code of practice is that no animals will be euthanased on the grounds that there are too many animals there.

"Obviously the difficult decision to euthanase animals in respect to health has to be taken but Lola takes the vet's advice on that, so yes, the shelter will continue as a no-kill shelter."

Edited by BlueyLove

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Thanks for posting that BL. I haven't heard anything yet about what happened yesterday. I have emailed Loxton council to see if they are still allowing her to take dogs from them as there are two stories about the council dogs still going there, one they aren't, one they are. She really has no intention of capping numbers even with no resources to look after what she has so no change from her. She isn't allowed to take donations, her assets are frozen and she could have the council come in any day and demand most animals are removed, yet she still sees no problem with taking more animals.

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tdierikx   

I'm sure that if there was a positive outcome from yesterday's court date, we'd have heard about it by now...

T.

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Snook   

It's been adjourned for another month but I don't know which party asked for the adjournment. Last time it was both of them.

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Not sure if a date for trial has been set, case has been adjourned a number of times. Mark Aldridge still makes fake profiles to harass people and got trashed at the election. A volunteer who lives at the shelter is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly bashing a 63 year old woman who lives next door and who they believe reported them to the rspca.

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Edited - Jo beat me to it :)

They were approved for their charity license.

Judging from their facebook page they are still getting a lot of new dogs through their gates.

Edited by BlueyLove

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Scratch   

Edited - Jo beat me to it :)

They were approved for their charity license.

Judging from their facebook page they are still getting a lot of new dogs through their gates.

Why am I not surprised to see this either :mad

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It is worrying that they are over the allowed numbers because the council can step in any moment and enforce their number, which is around 27 dogs. There is a recent copy of the council minutes that makes it clear that the council are going to be working with the rspca in regards to a shelter and that they won't be supporting Moorook. The pound is not dropping dogs off at Moorook so Lola doesn't have the excuse that animals are dumped on her doorstep.

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Scratch   

wow !

I had forgotten this thread but something someone mentioned in a different topic today triggered my memory,

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