THE number of unwanted pets being euthanised across the Fraser Coast has dropped but local animal groups say more could be done.
According to information provided by Fraser Coast Regional Council, a total of 755 animals made up of 407 cats and 348 dogs were put down in 2012-13.
Meanwhile in 2013-14, 590 pets were euthanised - 335 cats and 255 dogs.
Councillor Robert Garland said the positive results were due to collaborative efforts between council and animal welfare groups.
While stricter regulations regarding pet ownership were implemented earlier in the year, Maree Hill of Hervey Bay Animal Refuge said more should be done to reduce the number of animals being culled.
"With so many animal groups popping up in this area it is disappointing that any pets still get put down," she said.
"There are so many groups now that there is really no excuse.
"One of the rules that was brought in by council in February was that people cannot adopt a cat without it being desexed however we are having a meeting next month to finalise plans to ensure that all animals leaving the refuge will be desexed."