DOG DEATH: 'Give up your dog if you tie it up' says RSPCA
UPDATE 5.50PM: AN RSPCA inspector for the Wide Bay says dog owners should give up their pets rather than tether them all day, after a third dog dies while being tied up in the region.
RSPCA Inspector Penny Flaherty was called to another heat-related dog death, at 6.30pm on Monday night in Maryborough.
"He was on a chain attached to a runner and he's got caught somehow in that. So he did have access [to water and shelter] but once he was tangled, he couldn't access it," Insp Flaherty said.
"This incident could have been prevented if the dog had a proper enclosure."
The inspector said it was unknown exactly how long the dog was left before it was discovered.
"The cause of the death is yet to be confirmed, but heat was certainly a factor," she said.
It comes only days after a large mastiff was found "with its organs boiling", tied up to a clothesline, amid the scorching heatwave in Hervey Bay.
Insp Flaherty had also been called to a small poodle in Bundaberg that died under similar circumstances last week.
The inspector said the three similar deaths were a stern warning of the dangers surrounding tethering or chaining up pets.
She said it would be more responsible to re-home a pet, rather than tie it up all day.
"It's just so dangerous," she said.
"Tethering shouldn't be a lifetime option for the animal, it's not a quality life, if you can't give it that, then re-home it, that's being responsible too."
The Maryborough dog was a male staffy cross, who was an adult and not de-sexed.
The inspector said the incident was a reminder to pet owners to de-sex their animals, to prevent them from roaming.
EARLIER: THE RSPCA has reported another family dog has died due to a lack of water and shelter on a Fraser Coast property.
Wide Bay inspector Penny Flaherty was called to a home in Maryborough on Monday night where she found the dog dead.
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Insp Flaherty said the dog became caught up in its lead, and could not access shelter or water.
"[The dog] got injuries too from struggling to free himself," Insp Flaherty said.
The gruesome find follows a similar death of a dog in Urangan over the weekend.
Investigations are continuing.