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The Australian government has announced they will commit $1.7m over three years to support Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities' (AMMRIC) veterinary outreach services.
The funding will go towards controlling dog numbers and disease in remote Indigenous communities and outstations, as well as the development of community education programs in over 60 communities. Over the next three year period AMRRIC aims to desex 15,600 dogs and cats, treat 20,000 animals for parasites, and euthanize sick and unwanted dogs and cats.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said the current dog population problem in many remote communities was almost out of control, and was a danger to residents, especially children. 'There are health and animal welfare issues with many dogs starving and diseased fighting over food with children, and sleeping in people’s beds,' said Senator Scullion.
'We are incredibly grateful to have the support of the government to help us continue and expand our work,' said AMRRIC CEO Julia Hardaker. 'This funding will allow us to address the immediate needs of Indigenous communities and give greater focus to education and achieving sustainable improvements in community health.'
Source: Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities