Dumped dogs fill refuge

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

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.

Pic­ture: Lucy van der Weide

New­man trainee vet nurse Hol­lie Patch­ing with 10-week-old puppy Lit­tle Bro.

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