Barking mad! Petition calls for pound payment plan

Claudia Baxter

A DOG owner has called for Sunshine Coast Council to introduce a payment scheme for pound fees.

Samantha Henson struggled to come up with the lump sum needed to release the family dog, Sierra, from the pound this week.

The labrador went AWOL from her Bli Bli yard on Monday after a child left a gate open.

At $40 a night, plus a $200 pound fee, it cost Ms Henson $320 to bring Sierra home.


Ms Henson said she had no problem with paying a fee - just how it should be paid.

"I completely agree with the fees.

"I'm not arguing with that at all, but there's plenty of families out there that work hard and can't afford a lump sum," she said.

"My husband and I both work full-time, we have two young children, and it's the family dog."

Ms Henson said a payment system should be introduced to allow dog owners to pay off pound fees through the State Penalties and Enforcement Registry, as they could with other fines and penalties.

She has started an online petition for a payment scheme. About 100 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that they too have struggled to pay the lump sum.

About 100 people have already signed the petition, with some commenting that they too have struggled to pay the lump sum.

"One lady had a dog of nine years and she had to surrender it," Ms Henson said.

Do you believe in payment plans to re-claim pets from the pound?

This poll ended on 23 July 2015.

Current Results

No, if you truly wanted your cat or dog back you would find the money immediately


Yes, everyone deserves a break and a chance to save their pet


Don't let your animal escape from the house. Easy.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

She said it made no sense to keep pets in pounds, or forward them to animal shelters, when there were homes for them to go to.

"I don't understand why they wouldn't entertain other options before filling the refuges up," she said.

A council spokeswoman said payment plans were not offered on pound fees because the costs would be prohibitive.

"There is currently no avenue for council to add the cost for a payment plan on to the fees. In addition, if the resident fails to make the repayments, there is no option to re-impound the animal or pass the debt on," the spokeswoman said.

"Cost recovery fees for the impounding of animals are set to ensure that the cost for managing animals does not fall on the general ratepayer."

Ms Henson said she was able to get her dog out of the pound after a fellow dog lover loaned her the money.

Topics:  pets pound sunshine coast council

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