Domestic Animal Services Dogs ... Deserve Daily Walks February 2012
Domestic Animal Services Dogs ... Deserve Daily Walks February 2012
Letter from the Editor
We are delighted to feature a great photo of
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA with her
dogs. The Chief Minister is a strong supporter
of the DAS volunteers’ program and over many
years has been a wonderful advocate for dog
We have a terrific photo of DAS volunteers at
the Christmas party in our new T-shirts, with
thanks to the photographer, Ranger Zoe. The
T-shirt design was generously produced for
volunteers and donated by designer Carolyn
Our feature article is about the ARKs.
Volunteers often see these parked in the large
yard and many have wondered how they are
We also feature DAS volunteer Jennifer
Marshall, there is another great dog book and
some good news from DAS about greyhounds.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA with her lovely dogs Tommy
DAS Volunteer and Editor
(left) and Monty (right). Monty was adopted from the RSPCA.
More volunteers join up in 2012
Thank you to the volunteers that put in the extra hours and effort over the silly season, keeping the walking
program going and the dogs in care happier. Well done!
Many of us finished last year by attending the annual DAS volunteers’ Christmas party which provided an
opportunity to celebrate our great efforts during the year and to discuss common issues and experiences
Simon Tadd on
shared. I believe it is important that we know we are part of a dedicated team that really does make a huge the BBQ.
difference to the lives of the dogs that find themselves in care.
Over the holiday period I have received over thirty new enquiries from prospective volunteers eager to join the program—a great
response. The 2012 roster is now filled and there is a long waiting list as back-up. Due to the huge interest received I will not be
taking further names for the waiting list for at least three months. I find that people who come forward to volunteer want to start
as soon as possible, and to make them wait six months or more is not reasonable and leads to dissatisfaction with the process.
I expect to have six volunteers rostered for each day that DAS is open. This may mean an oversupply of volunteers on any given
day. If you turn up and all the dogs have already been walked, please look for the medium-sized high-energy dogs and let them
have a second walk—they will appreciate it.
Simon Tadd, DAS Volunteer Coordinator
DAS volunteers at the Christmas party.
vi Oogy ... the dog only a family could love
Written by Larry Levin • Published by Hachette Book Group
This New York Times bestseller is a poignant book about a dog that had a terribly hard
start in life. Oogy was a puppy rescued by police from a dog fighting ring and taken to
an animal hospital. He had been used as ‘dog bait’ for fighting dogs and had appalling
injuries. One side of his face had been ripped off and he was not expected to live, but a
dedicated vet was determined that he should. His severe injuries required many surgeries
and dramatically affected the way he looked.
Oogy, a Dogo Argentina, a dog bred for hunting wild boar and puma, was adopted by
the Levin family. Despite some initial concern about his breed they had tremendous
sympathy for his plight. Oogy proved a handful at first and became a very large dog but
was also very affectionate. He was a much loved companion to the Levins’ adopted twin
This story is a stark reminder of the horrible consequences for animals used in dog fighting and that this terribly cruel
and illegal activity still goes on. One of the vets notes drily that, in the US, dog fighting groups often obtain ‘bait’ animals
from newspaper advertisements offering cats and dogs ‘free to good home’. A heartwarming but sobering book.
DAS volunteer profile
Ask the Registrar ? use this? Jennifer Marshall
Can I bring my own collar and lead and
ever, dogs must be
You may bring your own lead. How
walked on a choker chain supplied by DAS.
us behaviour issue with
Who should I tell if I think there is a serio
a dog that I have walked/exercised?
you notice any serious
You should inform a DAS Ranger if
on the kennel?
What does it mean if there is a red dot
nel gate because of a
A red dot may be placed on the ken
es. The dog is not to be
dog’s health, age or behaviour issu
ever, be exercised in
taken on the walking trail. It may how
one of the exercise yards.
Dog obedience: some options
So you can’t get your dog to do what it should? Tried
everything you/your relatives/well-meaning friends can
think of without success? Or just think that it should be a
Jennifer Marshall with her beautiful rescue
bit better behaved at home or in public places? Many of dogs Harry (left) and Mouche (right).
us have dogs that need a bit of help.
There are some commercial suppliers of dog training but I am Jennifer Marshall, retired and a long term dog lover. As
you could also try one of the following organisations: a DAS walker I share a 15-20 minute walk with as many of
the dogs at the DAS pound as can be fitted into a two hour
ACT Companion Dog Club at Narrabundah session—generally five or six dogs in a morning. I am more of
www.actcdc.org.au a large dog person, but of course that is balanced out by those
Belconnen Obedience Dog Club at Mitchell who prefer the smaller breeds. My group of walkers also like to
www.bdoc.asn.au have a chat about the current dogs we see in the kennels, and
Tuggeranong Dog Training Club at Greenway a quick hello to the rangers.
www.tdtc.asn.au There is always the temptation to want to adopt particularly
RSPCA shelter at Weston Creek: appealing pooches, and this happened a couple of weeks
www.rspca-act.org.au/training-and-knowledge/dog-and- ago after we lost our beautiful German Shorthair Pointer,
puppy-training Sophie. Mouche has now joined our family and is fitting in
wonderfully with us and Harry our rescued Afghan.
In addition DAS has a DVD which you can access by
e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org I especially value the fact that this form of volunteering is as
good for the volunteer as for the animals— the exercise is
So there is no excuse for your dog being other than well-
behaved in Canberra! doing you, as well as the dog, a lot of good!
by Jason Ritzen, DAS Ranger
The ARK trailers are an important asset for DAS and provide a command and control point for the re-location and/or control of
animals affected by a major event such as a bushfire or disease outbreak.
The ARKs were designed by former DAS Registrar, Drew McLean and the DAS Rangers after the 2003 Canberra bushfires. The project
was funded through the Emergency Management Australia Local Grants Scheme. The ARKs were also featured on the ABC ‘Inventors’
The ARKs are designed to travel to emergency situations and be set up as an assigned Recovery Centre. The victims of the
emergency can bring their pets to the ARK. People who have found lost pets can also bring these to the ARK. The animals that can
be managed by ARKs include domestic pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs. The ARK also includes portable stockyards for the
care of livestock including horses.
The ARKs are ‘mobile pounds’ on wheels and also serve as trailers to carry feed for animals in distress. Both ARKs are self sufficient
with generators to run their fridges, UHF radios and the lighting system.
On one side both ARKs have an office in which the Rangers may impound an animal and can take all its details. The animal is issued
with a DAS yellow tag with ‘ARK’ printed on it so the Rangers can differentiate between DAS tags and those of other organisations on
the animal. The details put into the database include the name of a pet, its owner(s), contact details and alternative contact details,
ear markings, distinct markings, microchips, the location to which the animal is being sent, a photo of the animal and the condition
of the animal. The ARK database is available online to be easily searched.
The other side of the ARKs is fitted out with the ‘mobile pound’ equipment which can hold up to 30 dogs if needed and more if extra
cages are brought in. The ARKs have a basic medical kit supplied within them to allow a Ranger to provide care for injured animals
until the Ranger can safely and quickly have the animal transported to the
nearest veterinary practice.
The ARKs have been deployed several times in the field, including for
the recent Mitchell chemical factory fire in the ACT. Both ARKs were also
deployed to assist during the Victorian bushfires in 2009 and Rangers Matt
Guest, Brendon Frost, Tim Gibb and I were sent to help during this Victorian
disaster. The ARKs were deployed to various locations including Flowerdale.
They were utilised to deliver feed to stock and other animals and to
transport native and domestic injured animals to veterinary practices for
Both ARKs also contain bio-security equipment for use in an exotic disease
The ARKs are usually located at DAS in Symonston ready for immediate use.
Inside the ARKs
The ARKs and Rangers on duty during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
An ARK in use during the Mitchell chemical fire in September 2011.
Information for migra
DAS will make a presen
Resolution Service’s Healt n at the Conflict
Expo 2012 at the Cook Co Neighbourhood
Sunday 4 March 2012. Th munity Hall on
e Expo will be held
from 10 am to 2 pm and
this year will have a
DASNEWS Rules for the Arboretum
tum on a Sunday during
You can take your dog to the Arbore
to roads and paths at all times;
daylight hours, but you must keep
s; and your dog must be on a
be vigilant for wildlife and site hazard
dler at all times. Owners must
lead and under the control of the han
by the dog and comply with all
also ensure wildlife is not impacted
as picking up dog poo! You also
relevant Territory regulations such
that have been sighted at the
need to be careful of brown snakes
the Arboretum site is closed. For
Arboretum. If there is a total fire ban
ra Connect on 13 22 81.
further information contact Canber
Good news for gr muzzle exemption d
training course to provide mmence
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for greyhounds un 12. The five week socialisation cour e Bullivant
at DAS in January
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behaviour training initial course is
greyhounds is part of the dog ngs at DAS. The
on Saturday morni g and its keeper undertake the
of Dog Tech runs
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one hour a week fo d will be exempt from the current currently
un urses are
course, the greyho ic places. Similar co ation about future
to wear a m uzzle in ACT publ ore inform
Queensland. For m 599 949.
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courses, contact D
Rescue Groups ...
The major Canberra based dog rescue organisations working cooperatively with DAS are:
RSPCA ACT Canberra Pooch Rescue
ACT Rescue and Foster Inc. CARA
A number of breed-specific organisations also rescue dogs from DAS.
To become a volunteer
Telephone 6207 2249
Domestic Animal Services (DAS) works to ensure the welfare of domestic For more information
animals in the Territory. The DAS facilities at Mugga Lane, Symonston cater Telephone: 13 22 81
for dogs found roaming, straying or lost in the ACT. Fax: (02) 6207 2252
Comments—please tear off and leave at DAS reception with any views, suggestions, or questions for the editor.