WARNING – Some readers may find the vision in this article distressing.
RSPCA Queensland has released horrific images of the moment their inspectors found a dead dog tied up in the scorching hot heat in a bid to warn pet owners about the fatal consequences of heat stress.
It’s understood the animal welfare organisation made the confronting discovery whilst responding to a call out of animals in distress on a property in regional Queensland.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Upon arrival at the scene, inspectors allegedly found two dogs who had been tied up and become entangled.
Sadly, one of them had already passed away, whilst the other was “panting furiously in the heat”.
“Every year our Inspectors are called to incidents where dogs have died or are near death because of the heat,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty told myGC.
“In this case both dogs were tethered and it appears they became entangled.”
Mr Beatty urged owners to pet-proof their backyards instead of tying animals up.
“We’ve seen cases where a rope or a chain has become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal,” he said.
“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.”
RSPCA Qld also encouraged pet owners to leave out more than one bowl of water.
“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,” Mr Beatty said.
“We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”
Since the beginning of November, RSPCA Queensland has received 483 calls relating to heat stress.
If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.