Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

TOWNSVILLE has shiv­ered through one of the cold­est July weeks on record, with daily low tem­per­a­tures sit­ting well be­low av­er­age.

Last Tues­day was the cold­est day of the year, with a min­i­mum of 6.9C and Satur­day night into Sun­day morn­ing tem­per­a­tures got down to 7.6C – chilly com­pared with the monthly av­er­age min­i­mum of 13.7c.

The drop in tem­per­a­ture has seen pet own­ers scram­bling for blan­kets to help keep some of the city’s furry res­i­dents warm.

RSPCA Adop­tion Cen­tre Townsville put out the call on Face­book for ex­tra tow­els, linen and cush­ions to help keep their res­cue pets warm and they were over­whelmed by the re­sponse.

“It’s gone vi­ral,” as­sis­tant man­ager Jac­inta Wight said.

“We’ve had ute, car and truck loads of blan­kets pour­ing through our gates, which is awe­some. We’ve had fam­i­lies get­ting to­gether mak­ing col­lec­tions; of­fices, neigh­bour­hoods have all come to­gether ei­ther clean­ing out their cup­boards or hit­ting the op shops or ac­tu­ally buy­ing brand new blan­kets.”

BIG CHILL: Townsville RSPCA’s Jac­inta Wight and Peppi, rugged up in a do­nated blan­ket. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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