Don't call us killers: RSPCA CEO

ALLEGATIONS the new organisation taking over the Ipswich pound is a "bunch of killers" is complete rubbish, RSPCA CEO Mark Townend says.

The council's decision to award the RSPCA the contract to operate the pound and re-homing centre has sparked criticism of the service and the organisation's rates of euthanasia.

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But their data shows 88% of animals surrendered to the RSPCA were successfully released alive and well.

  • See AWLQ's data for the 2014-2015 financial year here.

During the last financial year RSPCA took in 28,704 animals; 5515 were collected by their owners and 18,214 were re-homed.

  • See the latest data from the RSPCA Qld here.

The rest were either transferred to other organisations to be re-homed or euthanised due to illness or injuries that were deemed untreatable or in need of costly operations.

"I want to make it clear, we're a bit over being named killers," Mr Townend said.

RSPCA Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Townend
RSPCA Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Townend Paul Braven

"It's absolute rubbish. We re-home and reunite more animals than any other organisation in the southern hemisphere."

He said organisations that claim they have a 'no kill' policy are lying.

"We are transparent about how many animals we euthanise each year," Mr Townend said.

"We euthanise animals that will be a danger to other animals or people in the community and those that it is considered inhumane to keep them alive.

"We spend thousands to keep animals alive and I don't want to be called a killer."


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