Mum, pups dumped for dead
THE CRUEL and disgusting spate of animal dumping plummeted to a new low on the Fraser Coast in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A mother and her six pups were offloaded on the outskirts of Hervey Bay on the Pialba to Burrum Heads road.
By 9am yesterday the mother was dead, after she was struck by a passing car.
Her offspring were rescued by a Torbanlea man who was already running late for an appointment in the Bay.
“He was a lovely man but he was very distressed by the experience,” Fraser Coast Pet Warriors' Marie Barnes said.
“He was shaking when I met him. He dragged the mother off the road. The pups were gathered around their mum.”
The pups are about six weeks old and are believed to be a German Shepherd-Retriever cross.
The Torbanlea man initially took them to a nearby filling station where one of the employees knew Ms Barnes and rang her.
“By the time I got there, three of the pups had been taken by members of the public who had gathered around the boot of the man's car to survey his find.
“That's great but I would just like them to contact me to confirm they have been vet checked.
“The three left behind were ravenous. They were vomiting grass and dirt. And they were flea riddled.
“It was a very sad and distressing sight.”
Ms Barnes has urged anyone getting rid of an animal to pick up the phone and call the animal pound or the Pet Warriors.
“We have a great relationship with the council.
“Please, call someone. Ring me, I can help. That way we won't have mums dumped in the middle of the road and such sadness.”
She said the Pet Warriors had an established network of foster carers lined up for animals, and also a selection of dogs in stock which could be viewed on their website.
Her number is 0407 371 538.