New animal management facility in Geraldton officially open
The new $1.64 million animal management facility in Utakarra has officially opened.
The facility, built by Geraldton contractor Crothers Construction, can temporarily house up to 50 dogs and 20 cats and features an animal livestock yard and a quarantine area.
The building on Davies Road also contains a waiting area for community members and an office space for rangers.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the purpose-built facility was needed to accommodate the growing animal control needs in the community.
“Before the new facility was built these animals had to be kept at three separate, overcrowded facilities,” he said.
“Rangers often had to take animals to their personal properties due to lack of space.”
Management of the former dog pound, which neighbours the new facility on Davies Road, will be taken over by the Geraldton Dog Rescue.
The former Pass Street facility will be demolished and the property marketed for future commercial development.
Mr Van Styn said there are almost 7000 dogs and more than 1100 cats registered in the city region. He said on average, 30 animals a week were impounded, of which more than 80 per cent of the dogs and 99 per cent of the cats collected were unregistered.
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