Death threats sent to staff amid puppy euthanasia uproar
EXTRA security has been placed around the Rockhampton pound after death threats were made against staff there following the euthansia of two puppies on Tuesday.
The deaths of the puppies has outraged groups in the community after a Brisbane-based rescue group, Fresh Start, started a social media campaign to free the animals.
The campaign has since spiralled out of control, with abusive messages directed at Mayor Margaret Strelow and "intense, explicit" death threats made against staff at the pound.
Police have been notified about the threat, and as well as putting extra security measures in place they have also temporarily replaced all female employees with male ones.
The furore comes after months of controversy surrounding the pounds' adoption and euthanasia policies, as well as concerns about infestations of parvovirus there.
The two puppies in question were sent to the pound on Wednesday after being taken to a local vet who inspected gaping sores on their backs.
According the council records on Saturday they were approved for adoption, but on Monday a person came to the pound claiming to be their owner.
Monday was also the first day the dogs began exhibiting signs of parvovirus.
Cr Strelow admitted it was likely the animals contracted parvo from the pound facility.
She has called for a review of the pound's practices after the incident.