“Rude and discourteous.”
That’s how Campbelltown councillor Paul Lake has described Camden Council’s decision to home its lost dogs and cats at Rossmore.
Last year Camden Council approached Campbelltown about housing its animals at the Campbelltown Animal Care Facility after the agreement with Liverpool Animal Shelter ended.
However, Camden recently decided it would send its animals to a facility in Rossmore but failed to inform anyone at Campbelltown.
Campbelltown Council general manager Lindy Deitz she heard about the developments through the media.
“It’s probably a bit confusing in terms of the communication that we had been having,” she said.
“They still have a DA (development application) lodged with us and we are halfway through that process.”
Ms Deitz said she had put in a formal request with the neighbouring council to clarify whether they intended to still use the Campbelltown facility.
She said Camden general manager Ron Moore had advised her previously the council would explore other options also but there had been no indication Camden would back out of the Campbelltown deal.
Ms Deitz said the decision to look around was based on costs.
However, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said the decision to house the animals at Rossmore was due to the centre being more aligned with Camden’s “no kill" policy.
“Council is committed to maintaining the safety of local companion animals and is maintaining its ‘no kill’ policy for found pets,” she said.
Ms Deitz said the only difference between Camden’s ‘no kill’ policy and Campbelltown’s ‘low kill’ policy was the wording.
“No kill is the same as low kill,” she said.
“Whether you say no kill or low kill it’s a personal choice, but Campbelltown chooses low kill because it’s an accurate reflection.
“We won’t kill an animal if we can avoid it.”
Cr Lake did not hide his disappointment.
“It’s disrespectful and not very professional,” he said.
“It’s discourteous to the general manager (Ms Deitz) and Campbelltown Council itself.
“They (Camden) talk about cooperation between councils but you’d have to have doubts over that in the future.
“But I’m happy they have found a place in their own backyard. I’m pleased they found somewhere in Rossmore so we don’t have the additional headache.”
A Camden Council spokeswoman said discussions with Campbelltown were still ongoing.
“Council remains in discussions with Campbelltown City Council for the use of its animal care facility as a medium term solution with a view to build its own in the long term,” she said.
“This process has been complex and has required time for both organisations to work through all aspects of the proposal.”