Up to 6,000 dogs and cats could be housed in a six-bedroom home in South Australia under plans to help reduce the spread of rabies in the state.
The Victorian Government is planning to install a network of 10 small homes, costing up to $1 million, in a community near the state’s eastern border with South Australia.
The plan comes as state and federal authorities are under pressure to reduce the number of people infected with the virus, and as more homes are being built across Australia.
Read more: Australian dog owners ‘worried about dog rabies’The program will help reduce overcrowding in homes that already house about 600 dogs and more than 700 cats, the state government said in a statement on Wednesday.
More than 40 per cent of people who contract the disease in Victoria are infected in households where they live, but only about a quarter of people in the area are diagnosed and treated.
The plan is part of a larger effort to tackle the spread and reduce the demand for imported pets in the country.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said in August that his state would introduce a “new model of housing” with 10,000-plus units.
But his plan has not been put into action yet.
More: Queensland has also introduced a similar program in partnership with the Australian government.
Queenslanders will be allowed to live in small, two-storey homes in a similar style to the existing community, but are allowed to buy and sell pets in a separate community where dogs and other animals can live in a common space.