Renbury Farm announces closure

The closure of Renbury Farm Animal Shelter in Austral was announced on social media on Thursday.

In a statement made on the company’s Facebook page, it was announced that Renbury would close its boarding facility in about four months and the impounding facility two months later.

The site will eventually be sold.

In recent weeks, thousands of people concerned about animal care practices at Renbury signed an online petition calling for an independent audit of the site.

Renbury chief executive Stephen Cole said the closure had been planned for some time and the ongoing urban development around the site, not the petition, was the main reason for the decision.

Closing down: Renbury Farm announced on Facebook that it will close over the next six months. Picture: Anna Warr

Closing down: Renbury Farm announced on Facebook that it will close over the next six months. Picture: Anna Warr

“The online petition and the independent audit called for is definitely not the reason for moving on,’’ he said.

“My staff and I would welcome an independent audit by an approved body.”

The impounding facility is used by Camden, Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown councils for lost and surrendered animals.

Mr Cole said he informed the site’s 15 staff of the decision last week and then notified the relevant councils.

“The staff at Renbury both past and present are a dedicated group of individuals who all share a common love of animals,” he said.

The staff at Renbury both past and present are a dedicated group of individuals who all share a common love of animals. - Renbury chief executive Stephen Cole

The facility can house about 90 dogs and 60 cats as well as other animals.

Mr Cole said the animals will be transferred to council’s new facility when Renbury closes.

Camden Council recently called for animal shelter tenders and is considering short and long term solutions.

“Depending on the outcome of the tender process Council may explore other options such as the suitability, capacity and availability of other pound providers. 

“Long-term, council has been exploring the option of having a facility with close neighbouring councils,” the spokeswoman said.

Mr Cole said the councils had been given six months notice of Renbury’s closure in addition to an option to lease the site for two years.

Renbury: 9606 6118.

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