Dog starved and then abandoned
SHE'S been named Maya – an abandoned Great Dane cross found under a tree on Gladstone Rd and so weak from malnutrition she was unable to lift her head.
And she might not make it.
But Rockhampton RSPCA inspector Lawrie Stageman is determined to give the badly mistreated dog every chance of leading a happy and healthy life.
Maya is receiving nutrients and fluids through a drip to try to restart her metabolism and the next 24 hours will be crucial.
“I really hope she recovers, but it's touch and go,” Mr Stageman said.
“She might make it but it will be a long road. It's impossible to say what medical problems she might have.”
He's fuming that someone could be so callous as to starve the young dog almost to death before dumping her at the side of the road.
“You wouldn't do this to a human, so why do it to an animal.”
Maya wore no collar and was not microchipped.
“There are some good people and I know that if she pulls through we will be able to find a loving home for her. She deserves that.”