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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 368

(Question No. 384)

Senator Reid asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 31 May 1985:

In 1984, how many-

(a) dogs were collected by the Australian Capital Territory Dog Patrol per day per van;

(b) residences were visited regarding complaints involving dogs;

(c) residences were visited regarding dog registration;

(d) dogs were found to be unregistered when visits to residences took place;

(e) prosecutions commenced for owning non-registered dogs;

(f) dogs were sold by the Dog Pound;

(g) dogs were destroyed; and

(h) dogs were returned to their owners.

Senator Gietzelt —The following response has been provided to the honourable senator's question:

(a) The information maintained concerning the operation of the dog patrols is not in the form which allows this statistic to be extracted. However an examination of a random sample indicated an average collection rate of 2.5 dogs per van per day.

(b) As in (a) above, details sought are not readily available. However, 2,885 complaints were lodged about dogs in 1984 including requests to remove dead animals and collect stray dogs. An analysis of a sample indicates that 34 per cent of complaints involved visits to residences for purposes other than the removal and collection of animals.

(c) Details not available.

(d) Details not available.

(e) Three.

(f) Two.

(g) 855.

(h) 663.