IN VAIN: These two puppies were euthanised after contracting parvovirus, despite rescue organisation Fresh Start offering to pay for treatment.
IN VAIN: These two puppies were euthanised after contracting parvovirus, despite rescue organisation Fresh Start offering to pay for treatment. Sonja Mowatt

‘I said I’d give them a home’: woman mourns sick dogs

SONJA Mowatt has spent the past week grieving - not for a family or friend, but for the two sick little puppies that were euthanised by the Rockhampton pound on Tuesday.

The Rockhampton woman was the one who found the puppies, flea-bitten and "in a terrible state," as she was driving through Berserker on Wednesday last week.

She said she had wanted to adopt them, and was devastated to hear they had been put down instead.

After finding the dogs in the middle of the road, Sonja brought them home and gave them food and water before taking them to the vet. She said she wanted to take them home again with her, but the vet had to follow a protocol which meant alerting the pound instead.

"I rang the pound every day, twice a day, telling every person I could to make sure those puppies don't get euthanised, this is my phone number and name. I told them I'd give them a home, don't euthanise them," she said.

She said no one from the pound ever contacted her, and when someone from Capricorn Animal Aid called to say they had been put down she burst into tears.

"Those dogs were there because of me, because I saved them off the streets," she said.

"I feel so bad, I feel like I sent them to their deaths."

An emotional Sonja said she'd been grieving since they died.

"They are vulnerable and they have no voice, we are responsible for them, that's how I see it," she said.

"They were murdered as far as I'm concerned.

"I am absolutely devastated."

Yesterday she did receive a phone call from council acknowledging the problems within the facility.

While she appreciated the call, she would also like to see vaccinations and desexing be fully subsided, with a payment plan for lower income earners.

Mayor Margaret Strelow said since the incident they'd taken measures which would see them treat dogs with parvo if they thought they had a good chance of rehoming them.

However Cr Strelow said in this instance an unknown person had come forward claiming to own the dogs, which meant council could not release them.

By Tuesday the dogs, which contracted parvo, were too sick to rehome.

Yesterday the pound received a donga which will be part of the pound's new quarantine facility, but it will be another few months until they receive the remaining parts needed to make it operational.

Desex your pet

  • When it comes to registering pets there are substantial discounts offered for dogs that are desexed and microchipped, and additional discounts for pension card holders
  • Council also offers subsidised desexing for low income earners through the RSPCA PAWS initiative


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