Outrage over allegations of animal cruelty and the Wagga pound is mounting, with the contentious issue coming under fire in state parliament.
The city's Glenfield Road Animal Shelter (GRAS) made national headlines seven weeks ago when former volunteers accused the shelter of serious breaches of animal welfare, including animals being left to die in freezers and left without adequate food and water for days.
The issue, which has spawned fury from locals, has now reached boiling point with member of the Animal Justice Party Mark Pearson bringing the allegations before the government.
During question time last week, Mr Pearson questioned Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair if he would "exercise his powers" to take the matter further after an RSPCA investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing that would lead to convictions under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
In response Mr Blair said: "I remember reading that article about the Wagga pound. I will take the question on notice and provide a relevant response, as it has been some time since it was published and I want to refresh my memory of the details."
Following the minister’s response, former GRAS volunteers sent a letter to council on Friday, in response to the open letter from general manager Alan Eldridge, detailing their dissatisfaction with the council effort to investigate the full extent of the issue.
Former volunteer Myriam Hribar said while some of the concerns raised in earlier discussions with council had been addressed, there were still problems at the shelter.
“What we want is for all our prior recommendations to be taken into account,” Ms Hribar said.
Wagga council general manager Alan Eldridge said the council had adequately addressed the issues already raised by the former volunteers.
“We’ve identified the issues at the shelter and put a lot of time and resources into fixing them and taking correct actions,” Mr Eldridge said.