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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Free check-ups for local animals in Tennant Creek and the Barkly

Nearly 200 cats and dogs have been checked and desexed by a group of visiting vets, in a bid to improve animal health in Tennant Creek and the Barkly.

Funded by the Barkly Shire Council and supported by Animal Management in Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) and Anyinginyi Health, the free-of-charge, five-day program aims to improve the health of animals and curb breeding.

Pet owners were encouraged to register and microchip their animals.

Barkly Shire President Barb Shaw said the program, which has been run for the past two years, has been successful.

'Most shire communities have had two visits this year and there is a noticeable difference in the health of the dogs and the absence of hungry dogs and juvenile dogs wandering the community,' she said.

'A significant number of dogs have also been desexed with a positive shift in community attitudes towards desexing.'

A separate team of vets is running the same program out in remote communities.

Source Tennant and District Times

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Last updated: 6 September 2013
 
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