Big­gest res­cue to date

Swift ac­tion to save 21 young dogs

Warwick Daily News - - WELCOME - Mar­ian.Faa@war­wick­dai­lynews.com.au

MAR­IAN FAA A “DES­PER­ATE” plea to save 21 dogs from a prop­erty on the out­skirts of War­wick has re­sulted in what South­ern Downs ARK have called their big­gest res­cue to date.

The mis­sion to save 13 pup­pies, six adult dogs and two ju­ve­niles took place on Tuesday af­ter the owner was in­jured in a se­ri­ous car crash a cou­ple of weeks ago.

South­ern Downs ARK pres­i­dent Ann Simon said she re­ceived a call from the owner’s rel­a­tive, ask­ing for help.

“It was a lit­tle bit daunt­ing at first but when we thought about it we re­alised some­thing had to be done,” she said.

“They could not be left out there in that weather so we sort of pulled out all stops and went in and did it.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, War­wick reached a top of 36.8C that day, the high­est tem­per­a­ture for this month so far.

“This is the first time some­thing like that has hap­pened to us. We have never had res­cues in­volv­ing as many dogs as was on this par­tic­u­lar prop­erty,” Ms Simon said.

A small team of vol­un­teers took a dog trailer to the prop­erty and found the dogs, some suf­fer­ing mi­nor de­hy­dra­tion.

“The scorch­ing heat had not been kind to the dogs, so once loaded we took them straight to the vet for re­hy­dra­tion and gen­eral ex­am­i­na­tion,” Ms Simon said.

She said the owner and rel­a­tives had been very co­op­er­a­tive in sur­ren­der­ing the dogs and pup­pies to the an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Now in foster care with fam­i­lies around the South­ern Downs, they will go up for adop­tion next week.

With 30 dogs al­ready on their hands and a “huge” amount of cats, Ms Simon said pulling off the res­cue mis­sion had been a big ef­fort for South­ern Downs ARK vol­un­teers.

She hoped the bur­den would ease if some an­i­mals were adopted at the Uber Mar­kets in Les­lie Park this morn­ing.

Photo: cg­bal­dauf

TEAM EF­FORT: South­ern Downs ARK has pulled off a mam­moth mis­sion to res­cue 21 dogs af­ter their owner was in­jured in a car crash.

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