Tiny puppies left to die in bag
EIGHT puppies stuffed into an esky bag and dumped in a North Rockhampton Lifeline bin yesterday morning have been saved from a cruel death.
Rockhampton woman Bobbie-Jo heard their desperate cries when she went to drop off old clothes in the second-hand bin on Frenchville Road at 9am yesterday.
She was shocked to discover the three-day-old staffy-cross puppies wrapped up in the bag.
“The bin was full so the bag was still sitting in the lid,” she said.
“I saw it move - it sounded like kittens. I grabbed it to have a look and I was absolutely horrified.”
Rockhampton Veterinary Clinic's veterinary surgeon, Dr Meg Cassar, said if the puppies had been left for just a few more hours they would certainly have died from dehydration or the heat.
“There is no excuse for these puppies to suffer an unpleasant death,” Dr Cassar said.
“People need to take responsibility. You can take dogs to the pound at no charge or bring them in for euthanasia at minimal charge. There are plenty of options.”
Bobbie-Jo, who asked not to be identified by her last name, said as soon as she found the puppies she took them to Dr Cassar and also reported the incident to Capricorn Animal Aid and the RSPCA.
“It's just horrible because they are so innocent. I wouldn't like to think about what could have happened if the bin was empty and they were thrown all the way in.”
A carer from Capricorn Animal Aid has taken on the tough responsibility of looking after the young puppies that don't have a mother.
At three days old the puppies need to be fed every two to three hours.
Dr Cassar said not desexing animals was the major cause of problems in Rockhampton.
She said each week the Rockhampton Regional Council's pound put down between five and 20 dogs, as well as a similar number of cats.
Capricorn Animal Aid offers a desexing subsidy for people with a health care card or pension card.
All eight puppies are now looking for a loving home.
If you would like to adopt one of them call Capricorn Animal Aid on 4926 8616.
The pups will be vaccinated and desexed before adoption.
For more information visit www.capricornanimalaid.org.au.
Dr Cassar is calling for anyone who may have seen someone dumping the pups to report it to the RSPCA.