RSPCA Investigating After Dog Found Tethered To Fence Without Shade Or Water
RSPCA Queensland is investigating a horrible case that has left one worker lost for words.
The animal welfare organisation was alerted to a dog that had been tied to a fence and left for dead in the hot spring weather. The pet was discovered south of Brisbane and case workers believe it died from heat stress.
The poor dog was positioned out of reach of water and shade was virtually non-existent - leaving the dog to swelter under the sun.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said: "Words fail us.
"Despite the warnings and despite the help of the media to relay the warnings, some people still aren't listening. A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don't have shade or can't reach water they'll die.
"A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal. It's far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won't be necessary to tether the dog in the first place.
"We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over."
Mr Beatty is also warning people as summer approaches Australia, pet owners need to be really mindful of leaving their animals inside properties or cars.
While it might not seem that hot to a human, a pet with loads of fur and no water or room to move around can be fatal.
"If it's thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes," he said.
RSPCA Queensland received nearly 1,500 calls last year about dogs being left in hot cars and more than 2,000 calls about animals being left with no shade and in some cases no water either.
Please be careful with your pets.
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