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Dog tied to tree and left to die in summer heat

The site where a dog was found tied to a tree south of Hutchins Rd on the Isis Highway. The site is about 7km south of Childers. Photo Matthew McInerney / NewsMail
The site where a dog was found tied to a tree south of Hutchins Rd on the Isis Highway. The site is about 7km south of Childers. Photo Matthew McInerney / NewsMail Matthew McInerney

A DOG left to die on the side of the Isis Hwy has left RSPCA officials in shock.

Wide Bay area inspector Penny Flaherty said the german shepherd bitch had been left tied to a tree with no food or water "for days".

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The now-decomposing body, located about 7km south west of Childers, was found yesterday after RSPCA received a cruelty report at about 1pm.

It is the type of discovery that takes a heavy emotional toll on Ms Flaherty and her fellow RSPCA members, and one that may affect her for some time.

"You never get used to seeing it," she said.

"Later on it can get quite upsetting. It can remind of you other cases you've found in the past that you had tried hard to forget.

Later on it can get quite upsetting. It can remind of you other cases you've found in the past that you had tried hard to forget.

"It's never fun," Ms Flaherty said.

The dog was in plain sight just metres from the side of the road, though the windy section of road may have contributed to it not being seen sooner.

Ms Flaherty said investigations revealed the dog had most likely been dead for several days, but not before it was left to starve in mid-30 temperatures for almost a week.

Ms Flaherty, who was en route to another injured animal when she spoke to the NewsMail, said she would never learn if the dog starved or if it had choked on the rope trying to escape.

"There is no way that it was accidental," Ms Flaherty said.

The site where a dog was found tied to a tree south of Hutchins Rd on the Isis Highway. The site is about 7km south of Childers.
The site where a dog was found tied to a tree south of Hutchins Rd on the Isis Highway. The site is about 7km south of Childers. Matthew McInerney

"It was gut-wrenching to find it like this. It feels horrible.

"You hope it's not too bad or they're okay but this one was deliberately left to die.

"You don't accidentally tie a dog up to a tree and leave it."

RSPCA Queensland is keen to talk to anyone who could provide information about the origin of the dog or its owners.

Know something? Call the RSPCA on 1300 852 188 and quote job number 437957.

Topics:  animal cruelty, deaths, editors picks, rspca



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