In the Australian town of Bankstown, a 49-year-old widowed pensioner has said she has spent more than $40,000 (Australian) on stray dogs during the past eight years.
SV'S EXTERIOR: Dogs being passed through window by council officials and RSPCA officials and taking them away. (4 SHOTS)
SV: Man carrying litter of puppies.
GV & SV: As neighbours look on local man Harry Burton speaks. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Dog handlers slipping noose round dogs head.
SV: Men passing dogs through window of house.
SV's: Trucks backing in to take dogs away. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Dog handler catching dog.
SV INTERIOR: Mrs Dunn lying in hospital bed. (3 SHOTS)
SV: Mrs Dunn speaking to reporter.
TRANSCRIPT: PENFOLD: "The owner of the dogs, Olga Dunn, was in hospital after breaking her leg yesterday afternoon, so her friend Mr. Jack Pilley helped supervise the round up. They found more dogs in every room of the house and behind the bath they found a mother and her litter of day-old pups. For obvious reasons the neighbours were dubious."
SEQ. 3: BURTON: "Oh the smell, that was vile every night and every morning, and it was bad as far as the barking was concerned in the night, not too bad in the day-time, everyone's at work anyway; but young children can't sleep."
PENFOLD:"As the day wore on, the original estimate of 200 dogs passed. By late in the day the count had reach an amazing 257. The dog round up is the result of a long court battle between Mrs Dunn and the Bankstown council. From her hospital bed she told me that in many ways she was glad it was all over. But how did she get so many dogs in the first place?"
SEQ. 9: MRS DUNN: "I feel sorry for them Robert, I really do, and a lot of people will come in the middle of the night and drop a pregnant dog, pardon me talking like that to you, and next thing they'll have six or seven puppies and I'll fall in love with the pups so they grow up and they have puppies and mounting up all the time, Robert. And I've found a lot on stations and in the streets having been thrown out and whenever I see hungry dog I take it home. If it's sick I take them to a vet."
REPORTER:"It must cost you a fortune to keep them all?"
MRS DUNN:"It does, Robert, $210 a week."
REPORTER: BOB PENFOLD
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Background: In the Australian town of Bankstown, a 49-year-old widowed pensioner has said she has spent more than $40,000 (Australian) on stray dogs during the past eight years. Mrs Olga Dunn said she had sometimes spent 1,200 dollars (Australian) a month on food bills alone for her collection of more than 300 dogs. She said some of the money had come from a friend who had won 24,000 dollars (Australian) in a lottery several years ago. Bob Penfold of Channel 9 field this report from Bankstown in New South Wales.