As the lead agency on the investigation into the deaths of fifteen dogs whowere in the custody of Bourke Shire Council last week, we want to advise youthat we are continuing to make enquiries into the matter.

We must reiterate that this is an active investigation, and we cannot provideany further information. It is for this reason that we have made the decisionto turn off commentary on this post.

We understand that these circumstances are confronting, and it’s issues likethis that motivate us to do better.

RSPCA NSW believes that physically healthy and behaviourally sound companionanimals that are suitable for adoption should not be euthanised.

The community faces unprecedented challenges presented by this pandemic, andit is clear that more support in navigating animal welfare issues is needed.

Like many other organisations, RSPCA NSW is working hard to adapt to thechallenges, developments and strict protocols and procedures that impact ourcapacity to do our vital work. The model we have adopted to cope with thepandemic is a work in progress, but it is working, and animals are beingadopted into loving homes.

RSPCA NSW is here to help people help animals and our open-door policy extendsto any councils (regardless of location), shelters and rescue groups in needof advice or guidance in navigating this difficult time.

We urge you to contact us at (02) 9770 7555 to arrange a talk with a member ofour team.

We are grateful to have the support of so many people who are deeplypassionate about animal welfare and we endeavour to keep you updated wherepossible.

Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW

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