The Courier-Mail

Sick puppy under care

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A STARVING puppy found in an Ipswich schoolyard is suffering from one of the worst cases of mange ever seen, the RSPCA says.

The five-month-old bull arab cross was found inside the grounds of the St Peter Claver College yesterday.

The malnourish­ed pup is now being treated for the parasitic skin disease at the RSPCA’s Wacol centre.

The pup has lost nearly all its body hair and is resting in the Wacol foster care office and the RSPCA is urging an owner to come forward. BE TRUE to yourself and don’t let the bullies get you down is the message from award-winning pop icon Kate Miller-Heidke (pictured), who has travelled the world and stood out thanks to her distinctiv­e style.

Her song Caught in the Crowd has particular­ly resonated in schools, with teachers and principals using it to start a conversati­on with students about bullying.

“Teachers keep using it each year with their new classes in primary school, so I get a lot of kids coming to my shows after hearing it,” MillerHeid­ke said.

Performing yesterday at a function at her former high school – St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School in Corinda – Miller-Heidke said she loved the opportunit­y to inspire young people.

The artist, whose parents are both teachers, said the role teachers played in a student’s life could not be underestim­ated in building selfesteem and resilience.

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