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Chch animal welfare centres full after quake

Feb 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

DOGS in Christchurch are the forgotten victims of Tuesday’s quake, as animal agencies struggle to cope with demand.Dogwatch – a fully-funded charitable trust, which relies on donations, grants and legacies – is taking in the overflow of lost or abandoned dogs that the SPCA and pounds cannot manage.

Dogwatch manager Pam Howard said volunteers are having trouble caring for the extra animals, especially given that they have no power or water.

“Any dogs that are found have to be taken in for processing first. If they have a microchip in, their owners have to be contacted before they can be taken through to the SPCA or pounds,” she said.

“We have had numerous people popping in who’ve either found or are looking for dogs but the pound or SPCA has to be their first port of call.”

She encourages people to physically go out and look for their pets and, if they do come in, to bring in details including breed, colour, and physical attributes.

Dogwatch staff also advise people who find dogs in Christchurch to keep them contained on their property and to make sure that they have a supply of water until the SPCA is available to collect them.

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