RSPCA wants puppy torture punished
AS MAYA the starved and neglected Great Dane cross continues a slow, painful and expensive recovery at a Rockhampton vet's surgery, RSPCA Inspector Lawrie Stageman has once again slammed those responsible for animal cruelty.
The latest victim is Robbie, a young pup dragged along behind a ute and then dumped in South Rockhampton.
The puppy, estimated to be only 12 weeks old, suffered severe gravel burns to his paws and had surgery to his wounds.
“He lost all his claws. He is such a lovely little dog but can you imagine the sheer terror he felt during his ordeal?” said Mr Stageman.
Witnesses reported seeing Robbie bouncing along behind a black 1985 to 89 four-wheel-drive trayback ute, possibly a Landcruiser, on Gavial Creek Rd on Tuesday.
The RSPCA is asking for help to track down those responsible for the ill treatment of Robbie and Maya and Mr Stageman is keen to prosecute them.
“There is an element in Rockhampton that doesn't value animal life at all. You wouldn't drag a human behind a car, so why do it to a dog?” he asked.
Maya was found barely alive under a tree on Gladstone Rd after being starved and neglected.
She has a severe case of mange and is getting around the clock care.
“I've no idea what the bill will be but she could be in the care of the vet for a long time yet and will then need special foster care.
“I am really keen to track down the person who owned her because what he or she did was truly disgusting,” he said.
To pass on information or to donate funds to help pay for Maya's recovery, call 13 Animal.