Life has been made easier for Deniliquin Council ranger Justin Learmonth after a specialised cage was fitted to his vehicle last Friday.CASS SAVELLIS July 18, 2014 3:46am
Deniliquin Council ranger Justin Learmonth’s job has been made a whole lot easier after a K-9 Kube was fitted to the ranger vehicle last Friday.
This is the first time a specialised cage has been fitted to the ranger vehicle, which previously used ordinary steel cages that had to be lifted on and off the ute tray when transporting animals.
The specially-designed cages are manufactured by Australian-owned company CJM Attachments of Swan Hill using a hydraulic system which lowers it to the ground.
Ranger supervisor Simone Tonkin said the need for the upgrade was a matter of occupational health and safety and animal safety.
‘‘The K-9 Kube facilitates hydraulic lifting which avoids physically lifting and reduces the risk to the ranger of dog bite. It reduces the stress on the animal and is easily cleaned reducing the risk of contamination to other dogs,’’ she said.
‘‘The cube is fitted with interior lighting, flashing hazard lights and a window for viewing. It also makes handling any dead livestock a lot easier as the cube lowers to ground level.’’
Mr Learmonth, who was appointed full-time ranger in February, is continuing to patrol the town on a daily basis, during and after regular working hours.
‘‘There’s still a number of wandering dogs around town and Deniliquin Council remind residents that it’s their responsibility to keep pets within their property at all times and microchipping and registration is a legal requirement,’’ Mrs Tonkin said.
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