Dumped dogs fill refuge
A vet is urging the community to desex their pets after an influx of unwanted puppies have been surrendered to the Saving Animals from Euthanasia branch in Newman.
Lucy Van der Weide said it was disappointing to see more than 40 puppies rescued by the animal welfare organisation in recent weeks, particularly from remote communities surrounding the town.
“SAFE Newman has had a large number of surrendered puppies, many of which are bottle feeders needing intensive care,” she said.
“These beautiful animals simply break your heart; some of them require additional treatment and care when they are handed in.”
Dr Van der Weide said the worst case she had seen was a 10-week-old German shepherd cross, Little Bro, which was found with infected burns to a third of his body.
“He is now receiving treatment and doing really well with a new foster family and is on the mend,” she said.
“Unfortunately, we’ve also had two cases this week of a disease called Babesia, which is transmitted by tick bites, resulting in the death of two fiveweek-old puppies.
“We are urging people to be more vigilant with getting tick infestations treated.”
SAFE co-ordinator Jess O’Dea said the Hedland branch had also seen an increase in neglected pups in the past two weeks. She appealed to the public to contact SAFE for advice about finding homes for and treating unwanted animals.
Dr Van der Weide congratulated SAFE for its work to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and all their passionate volunteers who case managed and fostered homeless animals in the Pilbara.
If you are interested in fostering or adopting an animal from SAFE, visit safe.asn.au/ or find your local branch on Facebook.
Newman trainee vet nurse Hollie Patching with 10-week-old puppy Little Bro.