OPINION: The terrible photos of dead dogs and cats, disposed of in an inappropriate way at Hervey Bay pound, shocked and horrified us all.
But they are symptomatic of a larger problem.
I write this not to defend the culprits who disposed of the animals, unwanted and unloved by anyone in life, with absolutely no care or dignity at all.
But this horrific situation did not start with the council or the Hervey Bay pound.
Unwanted cats and dogs are an ongoing issue for this region, with several rescue groups unable to keep up with the high volume of abandoned, unwanted animals callously dumped or left at the pound.
Hundreds of otherwise healthy animals are destroyed each year.
If we are going to indulge in anger and outrage, why not direct some at those who created the situation where this would become inevitable, animals euthanised and dumped like yesterday's garbage in a mini skip, as unwanted in death as they had been in life.
Almost everyone will have the memory of a much-loved pet, buried on some patch of their property, or perhaps cremated so a part of that animal could remain with them.
That is a death met with love, sympathy and kindness.
All pets deserve a loving home, owners who cherish them and look after them, in death as well as in life.
We should make it our aim to look after our pets, to try to ensure they do not breed unwanted litters and create a surplus of animals that will eventually be euthanised.
Then horrible photos like these will cease.