Singleton Council has again defended itself over the state of its animal shelter after the NSW Animal Justice Party labelled conditions at the pound “appalling”.
The AJP said it would make a formal complaint to the RSPCA and demanded council immediately upgrade the facility.
It came after an AJP member visited the pound and took a photo of a dog in a cage that the party alleges was unprotected from the elements, had no raised bed and no blanket or jacket for the canine.
“The council-run pound is completely inadequate and fails the most basic of requirements to ensure animals do not suffer because of exposure to the elements,” AJP Hunter spokesperson Joshua Agland said.
“Singleton mayor Sue Moore may like to say that everything is OK and that her council is considering plans for a new facility but reality is, the pound as it stands right now is far from OK.”
Cr Moore said the dog depicted in the photo had a bed and warm bedding at the rear of the cage, which could not be seen in the image.
“I agree the golden Labrador is there through no fault of her own and I would again encourage responsible pet ownership,” she said.
A report will be tabled for councillors in September regarding plans for a new animal shelter.
In a statement responding to the AJP’s claims, a council spokesperson said the RSPCA had visited the facility and was satisfied with the conditions.
“Council is committed to ensuring the welfare of all animals while at the facility and in the re-homing process,” the spokesperson said.
“The Labrador currently at the facility has been provided with adequate shelter, bedding and food.”