A cattle dog such as this one has escaped from its home on Fraser Island.
A cattle dog such as this one has escaped from its home on Fraser Island.

Fraser dog on loose was vaccinated

OWNERS of a cattle dog wandering through native dingo territory on Fraser Island had the animal vaccinated two weeks before it went missing.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Great Sandy National Park Regional Manager Rob Allan said yesterday that the owners had informed the service that the dog was vaccinated with Canine C5, which protects against parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis, canine parainfluenza virus (kennel cough) and bordetella. It was vaccinated on December 7.

“There has been no confirmed sighting of the missing dog,” Mr Allan said. “Rangers investigated a report of a domestic dog near Lake Mackenzie on Wednesday afternoon but subsequently there has been no sign of the animal.”

The dog has not been seen since it escaped from its home and breached the dingo fence near Eurong six days ago.

The QPWS said it was not searching for the dog because it could be anywhere.

The Fraser Island Dingo Preservation Group had called for the animal’s vaccination and worming certificates to be secured as a matter of priority.

“Considering many of us believe the dingo population is at risk of becoming extinct as it is, this could wipe them out,” said Bree Jashin, the chair of the Dingo Preservation Group.

“Since National Parks enjoy chasing dingoes, they should have the resources to endlessly chase and harass a blue heeler.

“But the unwillingness of Parks and Wildlife to search for the blue heeler indicates their lack of interest in prioritising what would have to be regarded as a significant threat to the only known genetically pure population of dingoes on the planet.

“If a domestic dog has in fact wandered off out of the township of Eurong it’s another example of the uselessness of the dingo fences – the grids are more often than not filled with sand and the electrification rarely works.”



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