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The Eye 27.6.13
Topical Pet Issues
Stray dogs -- Lots of comments have been made
recently re stray dogs or dogs that are not being well
looked after. It is great that there has been such good
feedback and that neighbours are acting and notifying
Animal Control and/or the RSPCA. These are the proper
people to contact and the people that you make
contact with are passionate about making a difference
to prevent dog attacks and to make sure that owners
understand their obiligations about animal welfare.
Please dog owners don't let your dogs out to roam
and cause carnage. As vets we hate seeing the awful
damage that dogs cause when they attack other pet,
especially when it is so preventable!
Dog Park -- GREAT NEWS! Invercargill is finally going
to have a Dog Park -- Thanks to a very dedicated group
of dog owners, South Alive and the ICC, there will soon
be a Dog Park in the block on Elles Road, just north of
Russell Square. This will be an asset to the city.
Disaster Planning -- Recently we had a local NZ
Veterinary Association meeting with regard to
Disasters and Animals. Whilst there was a focus on the
management of livestock and with discussions with
Civil Defence, the Southland Rural Fire Authority, and
the Southland Rural Support Trust, the information
about the Veterinary Emergency Response Team
(VERT) and John Taylor's training of his dog for Rescue
missions was important for our overall view of what
was possible in an emergency. The VERT team was set
up by vets at Massey University, and fortunately they
finished their training the day before they were needed
for the February earthquake in Christchurch. They have
since been deployed to other disaster areas overseas
and can be very proud of what they have achieved to
date. BUT in a disaster it is you, the pet owners who
need to take action immediately.
Make sure that :
- you have enough cages available at home for ALL
your pets ( some families share cat cages -- this will
not work in an emergency situation !)
- enough leads/bedding for all dogs.
- microchip all cats and dogs AND make sure that
these details are registered on the National Database
-- Lots of pets could not be re-united with their owners
after the Christchurch earthquakes -- resulting in a lot
of grief for all involved -- both pets and people.
Microchipping a pet and not registering the number
on the database is not going to re-unite you with your
- make sure that you have enough medication and any
special diet food to last a least a week and that you
keep it stored so that you can easily take it away with
you in an emergency.
- Finally put a sticker on your front door for the Police
and Fire Department, with how many and what species
of pets are in your home. Make sure that you keep this
information updated if new pets arrive or old ones die!
Hopefully this will not be needed, but if it is, then it
will help rescue workers safely retrieve your pets!
Should you need help in a disaster, vets will be there
See us at the Elles Road Veterinary Centre, 226
Elles Road Invercargill, Phone 03 214 4156 for all
your Pet care
P: 03 2177506
56 Elles Road, Invercargill
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A professional speaking
course for migrants will be
held in Invercargill from July 3.
The eight-week course runs
from 6pm to 8pm at the
meeting room of the
Southland Community House,
46 Kelvin St. The cost is $70.
To register your interest
contact Nalini on: 218 2736 or
Violet: 214 9296.
Adults are invited to learn
kapa haka, traditional Maori
performing arts, with a new
course in Winton. Scheduled to
begin in term three, on
Tuesday nights from 7 to 8,
participants will learn to sing
and dance. Everyone is
welcome and no prior kapa
haka experience is required.
Costs are $5 per term. Phone
Tracey or Lynley at Southern
REAP on: 236 6008.
This Sunday well-known
speaker David Mollison will
take his audience on a
Personal Journey of
Museums and Historical
Attractions of NZ . The talk is
at Te Hikoi Southern Journey
in Riverton from 4pm.
Afternoon tea will be provided
and you can register now with
the museum s manager Carole
Power on: 234 8260
Old hall: Winton Community Board chairman John McHugh says the memorial hall needs to be brought up to date.
Interest in using Winton
hall -- if it's renovated
Despite low numbers using Winton's
Memorial Hall, people say they would
hire it out more often if it was given a
That was the response from the majority
of people who replied to a recent Venture
Southland survey conducted on behalf of
the Winton Community Board.
Almost 88 per cent of respondents said
they would consider using the hall in the
future if improvements were made.
Thirty-two surveys were returned to
Venture Southland; 25 came from
community groups and seven from
Built in 1956, the memorial hall had been
a popular focal point in the town, but
Winton Community Board chairman
John McHugh said it needed to be
brought up to date.
''This survey really confirms some of the
concerns we were already aware of --
things like heating and improved
People had also asked for better kitchen
facilities, upgraded toilets and
modernising the hall's interior.
These were things that the community
board's hall committee would consider,
consulting again with local users before
any final decisions were made.
Mr McHugh said one survey result which
did worry him was the lack of hall usage.
A huge 78 per cent of respondents said
they either did not use the hall at all, or
had only used it once or twice in a year.
''If we are we going to do something with
requires?'' he said.
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