Bourke Dog Investigation Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSPCA NSW is here to help people help animals and our open-door policy extends to any councils (regardless of location), shelters and rescue groups in need of 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 of our team.

We are grateful to have the support of so many people who are deeply passionate about animal welfare and we endeavour to keep you updated where possible.

Steve Coleman, CEO RSPCA NSW