Pre­cious pups left for dead

Townsville Bulletin - - Operation Queenslander - Natalie Wynne

ANAEMIC, de­hy­drated and in­fested with ticks and fleas, three pup­pies were left for dead in what lo­cal RSPCA in­spec­tors call a cal­lous and low act.

The mas­tiff-cross pup­pies were dumped in park­land on Ross River Rd prob­a­bly on Sun­day evening.

RSPCA re­gional in­spec­tor Frank Be­ber­nitz said the dogs were only alive thanks to a pint-sized guardian an­gel.

‘‘ They were found by a five-year-old child un­der some vines on a boundary fence at the re­serve,’’ he said.

‘‘ She then went and told her Mum who took the pups and brought them in to a vet.’’

Mr Be­ber­nitz said the pups were in a ter­ri­bly poor con­di­tion when they were handed in.

‘‘ The dogs had been out there two full days alone,’’ he said.

‘‘ At the vets they were given flu­ids and food and the heavy in­fes­ta­tion of ticks were re­moved.

‘‘ They ( the ticks) were that thick on the fe­male puppy you couldn’t see her ears. ‘‘ It wasn’t pretty.’’ Mr Be­ber­nitz said the pup­pies’ battle wasn’t over yet with med­i­cal treat­ment con­tin­u­ing. The RSPCA is now plead­ing for the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance to pros­e­cute the of­fender.

‘‘ Were hop­ing for pub­lic as­sis­tance if any­one recog­nises pups or knows who the owner was,’’ he said.

‘‘ We wel­come their call or email.’’

DUMPED: These sick pup­pies were found by a ‘‘ guardian an­gel’’

Photo: TROY RODGERS

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