ANIMAL welfare group RSPCA vowed to hunt down the person responsible for a horrific crime which left a dog dead after it was starved in a Darling Heights unit.

The male bull arab-type dog, thought to be called Patch, was rushed to West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery last Saturday but died yesterday after undergoing an operation at RSPCA's Wacol hospital.

It was found severely emaciated by a real estate agent managing a vacant West St unit near the University of Southern Queensland on the weekend.

It's likely the animal was dumped at the unit, as the previous tenants did not have pets and the agent reported the dog was not at the property during the exit inspection or during consequent "open houses".

The bull arab dog that was left abandoned in a Darling Heights unit has died.
The bull arab dog that was left abandoned in a Darling Heights unit has died.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty slammed the person responsible for the horrible neglect and said the organisation was directing its resources to find them.

There were hopes the dog may have survived after it ate a small amount of food on Thursday, but it died on the operating table after undergoing a blood transfusion. It was too weak to make it through the operation.

A veterinarian tried to treat a severe case of peritonitis, which affects a dog's abdominal cavity, but was unable to save Patch.

The case generated extreme anger among Toowoomba residents, with many calling for severe punishments for the person responsible.

Mr Beatty said it was appalling to see an animal in its emaciated state.

"It basically died because of complete and absolutely neglect."

He said one of the saddest aspects was that the dog's death was completely preventable.

Mr Beatty said a number of promising leads were being followed after The Chronicle's coverage of the issue.

RSPCA Queensland regional inspector Shawn Jansen is heading the investigation into the case.

He said the investigation would centre around how the dog came to be in this appalling condition and whether someone had deliberately left the dog there.

Anyone with information can call the RPSCA on 1300 264 625 or 3426 9999.



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