RSPCA Queensland is pleading for owners to keep their dogs inside at night following a rise in Koala’s being attacked by dogs.
RSPCA Qld’s Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Dr Rebecca Millers says that so far this year, the wildlife hospital has taken in over 170 koalas with 25% the victims of dog attacks.
The most recent incident occurred in Petrie, north of Brisbane on Tuesday with a koala having to be euthanised due to the severity of its injuries sustained after being attacked.
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“It’s just so sad because it was easily preventable,” Dr Millers said.
The koala is believed to have been attacked around 2.30am, however the dog’s owners didn’t call the RSPCA until 7.30am, with the koala lying in pain for more than 5 hours.
“We’re also urging anyone who witnesses an attack to call 1300 ANIMAL immediately. This koala lay in pain for over five hours. If we’d got there sooner there is a chance he could have survived.”
“This young male was about three years old and as such would have been coming into his first breeding season. He was fit and healthy and sadly that’s not common in our rapidly dwindling koala population.”
“We’re urging everyone to keep their dogs inside at night time, particularly if they’re in koala inhabited areas.”