Reprieve keeps pet shelter open
LIKE the pets in its care, the animal shelter HappyPaws Haven may have received a stay of execution.
HappyPaws owner Sally Rogers said the Clarence Valley Council, which had threatened the centre with closure for allegedly breaching its consent conditions, had given her a 50-day extension.
“They have given me until May 6 to reduce the number of dogs, on the understanding I don't take any more dogs in unless it is a weekend when the pound (an animal shelter operated by the council) is closed,” she said.
She said it was not unusual for dogs to require shelter over the weekend.
“For example, last weekend I had dogs for about four hours,” she said.
But Ms Rogers is not content with a temporary reprieve – she is going to take the fight to the Land and Environment Court in a bid to keep the centre open permanently.
“I've lodged an appeal and it goes to the Land and Environment Court on April 11,” she said.
She said a Sydney barrister, a member of the Animal Welfare League, had offered his services without charge.
“He thinks the way we look after dogs is pretty special and offered to help,” she said.
“It's a little like the movie The Castle.”
Ms Rogers will be asking such things as:
- the order be wholly or partly revoked;
- alternatively, that the order be partly or wholly modified to so allow such further and reasonable time for compliance as may be necessary to rehome the dogs;
- an interim order that the respondent take no further action to enforce the order until further ordered by the court;
- alternatively, a finding that the current use of the land does not require consent;
- alternatively, a finding that the current use of the premises is consistent with the information provided with the application and the conditions of consent;
- alternatively, a finding that the order was at all material times being sufficiently complied with.