Allandale Park employee Gemma Clarkson inside the nearly
complete Dunedin City Council dog pound, at Westwood, near
Brighton. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
A new, veritable palace of a dog pound will open at
Westwood, near Dunedin, next month, replacing the city's pound
at the SPCA in Opoho.
The new pound is being constructed inside a shed at
commercial boarding kennel and cattery operation Allandale
Owner Brent Baguley is building the complex himself, but will
operate the pound under contract to the council.
Council development services manager Kevin Thompson yesterday
declined to say what the 10-year contract was worth, citing
He said the council would also pay the company a sustenance
fee, per animal, per night, for feeding impounded dogs.
Kennels will be located inside at the new dog pound, with
concrete floors inside and out, making cleaning easier.
Up to 28 dogs could be housed at the new pound. It has
large, comfortable kennels with access to individual runs
outside and around the building.
There are also areas where sick animals can be isolated.
All floors were concrete and could be hosed down, unlike the
SPCA pound, which is on grass.
That structure would be removed by the end of September, Mr
SPCA volunteers have fed impounded dogs and cleaned kennels
at the pound for the council for the past 30 years, but last
year the organisation informed the council that the pound was
not consistent with the SPCA's nationwide "saving lives"
It would no longer be associated with putting down dogs and,
thus, could not have the pound associated with its operation.
It gave the council a year to relocate the pound.
Allandale Park was one of five parties that registered
interest in running the pound for the council, and the only
one that met all of the council's requirements, Mr Thompson
It also had the added bonus of the background of being an
established boarding kennel and already had the appropriate
Otago SPCA executive officer Phil Soper said after 30 years,
the move was "just one of those things". He was pleased that
the new pound would comply with new standards for boarding
The new pound will begin operation on September 1.