Glenfield Road Animal Shelter investigation findings

Published: 30 May 2018 11:46am

Glenfield Road Animal Shelter investigation findings - 19 June 2015

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the premature euthanasing of a dog at the Glenfield Road Animal Shelter has been completed by Wagga Wagga City Council.

The microchipped and registered dog was euthanased prior to the 14-day legislated period mandated under the Companion Animal Act.

The dog was impounded on 15 May and was incorrectly euthanased on 28 May.

“The internal investigation concluded that the death was a result of human error and there was no malicious intent on behalf of the Animal Management Ranger,” Wagga Wagga City Council General Manager Phil Pinyon said.

“It has also recommended process improvements surrounding the euthanasing of animals at the shelter, a number of which have already been put in place.

“Council staff have met with the owners of the dog today to advise them of the outcome of the investigation and the process improvements to ensure incidents like this do not re-occur.

“The ranger involved has been deeply affected by the incident and Council acknowledges the remorse shown by the staff member. During the internal review process the staff member submitted their resignation, which has been accepted by Council.”

The process improvement aspect of the investigation will be ongoing and will continue to be a priority for Council.