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Council urges desexing of pets to prevent unwanted litters

Maranoa Regional Council is urging animal owners to get their pets desexed as part of National Desexing Month in July to prevent unwanted animals.

Last year, approximately 252 animals were collected as strays or surrendered to Maranoa Regional Council’s Impound Facility alone.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio for Community Safety said managing unwanted litters is a huge cost to the community, as well as stress to the animals and the people who have to manage them.

“Council is urging pet owners to do their part to reduce the amount of stray and unwanted litters in the Maranoa by contacting your local vet to make an appointment for your animal to be desexed as soon as possible”, Cr Chandler said.

This year’s theme is Not Again! Dogs can have a litter of 5-8 puppies a year, and cats can have 2-3 litters a year (with 1-10 kittens per litter) - cats can also be pregnant from 4 months of age.

Animal Welfare League Qld’s National Desexing Network Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder said once the cat breeding cycle starts, it is difficult to stop.

“That’s why we recommend desexing cats prior to puberty at 8-12 weeks of age,” Dr Verrinder said.

“There are also many other benefits from desexing pets, both to the pets themselves and their owners. Desexed pets are less likely to spray in and around the house, or be injured while out looking for a mate. They are often more relaxed and affectionate and, generally, live longer.”

For more details about National Desexing Month or responsible pet ownership, please contact Council’s Community Safety Team on 1300 007 662.