‘Spate’ of an­i­mal shoot­ings

In­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Matthew New­ton Matthew.New­ton@thechron­i­cle.com.au

THE RSPCA is in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a dog from the Ley­burn area was the lat­est to fall vic­tim to a “spate of an­i­mal shoot­ings” across the Dar­ling Downs.

Clarissa, as she has been af­fec­tion­ately named, was brought to the West Toowoomba Ve­teri­nary Clinic on Tues­day by the RSPCA am­bu­lance af­ter she was found by a mem­ber of the pub­lic in Ley­burn.

Clarissa was found wan­der­ing around the Toowoomba Karara Rd, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Bon­nie Doon and Dono­van Rds, south of Ley­burn.

Clinic owner Chris­tine Burke said Clarissa “had quite an ob­vi­ous wound on her back” and posted photos of the dog on Face­book in the hope of iden­ti­fy­ing her, as the wound was where her mi­crochip should be.

Pre­par­ing Clarissa for surgery on Thurs­day, vet Michael Burke found some­thing more sin­is­ter.

“We clipped her hair off and saw an en­try wound, and then Michael found bullet frag­ments in the wound,” Mrs Burke said.

De­spite suf­fer­ing a fair amount of mus­cle loss and the bullet shat­ter­ing the top sec­tion of some of her ver­te­brae, Clarissa was re­cov­er­ing well, Mrs Burke

said.

“She’s happy as Larry, eats well, is bark­ing, walk­ing around, eat­ing treats and get­ting spoiled,” she said.

Mrs Burke said the shoot­ing of an­i­mals had up un­til this year been rare.

“But this year there seems to have been a spate of shoot­ings. We had a cat who lost a leg ear­lier in the year, and ob­vi­ously that dog down in the Lock­yer Val­ley, and now this one,” she said.

“This year there seems to have been a bit more of an in­crease in an­i­mals be­ing shot. I don’t know why.”

Mrs Burke said she could un­der­stand the temp­ta­tion to shoot a dog that had re­peat­edly tress­passed on a neigh­bour’s prop­erty and ha­rassed live­stock.

“But we would al­ways say... go and talk to your neigh­bours. Peo­ple are more than happy usu­ally to solve the prob­lem,” she said. LEFT: An x-ray shows bullet frag­ments which were re­moved from Clarissa’s body dur­ing surgery on Thurs­day.

“But if you are go­ing to shoot an­i­mals, please don’t leave them half shot.”

Clarissa ar­rived at the vet clinic with a “rip-roar­ing” tem­per­a­ture and if she hadn’t been picked up, the chances of her dy­ing a ter­ri­ble, lin­ger­ing death were quite high, Mrs Burke said.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact the RSPCA on 1300 852 188.

❝This year there seems to have been a bit more of an in­crease in an­i­mals be­ing shot.” — Chris­tine Burke

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

DOG’S DAY: Clarissa re­cov­ers af­ter surgery at the West Toowoomba Vet Surgery.

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