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City of Swan staff assess and treat a ram for dehydration.

Animal welfare high priority

THE health and wellbeing of more than 750 animals and wildlife affected by the devastating fires in the Perth Hills was assessed by a team of professionals last week.

The joint effort behind the bushfire animal welfare response included the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), City of Swan, Shire of Mundaring and number of local community groups, associations and volunteers.

The majority of the animals and wildlife found were alive and well.

One possum, 46 alpacas, 30 pigeons and three donkeys are among the long list of animals checked by the animal welfare response team.

Between February 2 and 7 the team visited impacted areas to search for and treat pets, wildlife and livestock, with 11 per cent requiring treatment, and animal losses making up less than two per cent.

City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey applauded the team.

“All our animals, big and small, are precious and we thank everyone who has stopped to help injured wildlife during the recent bushfires,” he said.

Shire of Mundaring President John Daw said DPIRD staff, vets and Shire and City rangers had the difficult task of visiting impacted properties  to find and treat injured animals.

“People love their animals and it must have been very distressing for those in the fire zone to know their animals were in danger,” Cr Daw said.

“This result is a great testament to how wonderful collaboration between local government and state agencies such as DPIRD can be during an emergency situation.”

Up to 40 veterinary professionals, many volunteers, were visiting impacted properties within the fire ground each day.

Animal and wildlife losses include a small number of chickens, sheep, horses, cattle, alpacas and kangaroos.

DPIRD, the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring also worked in partnership to set up animal feed distribution centres in Bullsbrook, Gidgegannup and Chidlow.

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