By Lia Bichel
South Eastern Pound Services in Cranbourne, owned by The Lost Dogs Home, received more than 100 dogs during the Christmas holidays, many which remain unclaimed.
Sue Conroy, The Lost Dogs Home General Manager of Operations, said many dogs ran from their homes in fear from lightning and thunder or fireworks.
“Fireworks are a major concern to us and they are getting more prevalent,” Ms Conroy said.
“We are seeing the use of illegal fireworks start days before Christmas.”
From 24 until 27 December, the South Eastern Pound Services received 78 lost dogs, 28 which from the City of Casey, 11 from Cardina Shire and three from the City of Greater Dandenong.
From 31 December until 2 January, the South Eastern Pound Services received 74 lost dogs, 26 which were from the City of Casey, nine from Cardinia Shire and two from the City of Greater Dandenong.
While 18 dogs were reclaimed on New Year’s Day, South Eastern Pound Services Manager Rod Jennings said many remained at the centre.
He encouraged owners of lost dogs to visit the centre more than once to find their pet.
“We plead with them to come in and have a look. If they call us, their description might be different to ours,” Mr Jennings said.
“And it is very important they come in more than once in case someone brings in their pet after a few days.
“We hold the dogs for eight days. After eight days they are put up for assessment to see if they are suitable to be re-housed.”
The South Eastern Pound Services in located on 920 Thompsons Road, Cranbourne West.
Leading Senior Constable Mick Gledhill said police have received a large number of calls regarding illegal fireworks in the City of Casey.
He urged anyone with information about illegal fireworks to call the Narre Warren Police Station on 9705 3111 or to ring Triple-zero.