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Returning hounds to homes: 772 dogs reunited with owners

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Dog ranger Jason Ritzen with a mastiff cross, reunited with its owners by Domestic Animal Services Shelter earlier this year.

Dog ranger Jason Ritzen with a mastiff cross, reunited with its owners by Domestic Animal Services Shelter earlier this year. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A total of 772 lost dogs were reunited with their owners by Domestic Animal Services last year.

That’s according to new figures released on Thursday, by Territory and Municipal Services.

Ninety-five per cent of lost or unwanted dogs taken to the DAS shelter in Symonston last year were handed back to relieved owners or found new homes.

From 1102 dogs re-homed last year, 772 dogs returned to their owners, 171 were sold and 143 went to rescue organisations, while the remaining dogs were transferred to the RSPCA.

Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury has congratulated DAS staff on a successful year.

Mr Rattenbury said it was a great result that would not have been possible without the work of the many volunteers who also dedicate their time to the shelter.

“Their work improves the quality of life of the dogs while they are in our care – and they obviously get a lot of enjoyment out of it, too,” he said.

Mr Rattenbury said last year 5376 new dogs were registered in the ACT.

“As well as registering your dog, it is also important to have them micro-chipped and de-sexed,” he said.

“Cats should also be micro-chipped and de-sexed.”

canberratimes.com.au

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