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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Tennant Creek dog program showing signs of success

Date posted: 25 July 2012

A 70 per cent fall in the number of dog attacks and incidents in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek is being attributed to a new control program.

The Barkly Shire Council has been working with vets and Aboriginal animal control officers over the last 18 months to provide clinics for owners to have their dogs treated or desexed for free.

Chief executive officer David Shoobridge says the program needs to be ongoing and consistent in order to be effective long-term.

'There were almost 22 people a month presenting at the hospital with dog-related injuries,' he said.

'We've conducted a fairly major program since then in Tennant Creek and that's continuing as from today, but we've reduced it to seven a month.

'We're quite happy with that but we can't rest on our laurels.'

More than 160 dogs were booked into last week's free dog clinic at the Tennant Creek showgrounds.

Source: ABC Rural

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Last updated: 20 July 2012
 
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