Dog found 'boiled alive', tied to clothesline in backyard
RSPCA Queensland is pleading with pet owners to look after their animals after a dog was found "with its organs boiling”, tied up to a clothesline, amid the scorching heatwave.
A large mastiff was reported dead before 10am today by a Urangan, Hervey Bay resident.
It had no shade or water.
RSPCA Wide Bay inspector Penny Flaherty, who made the gruesome discovery, said she felt frustrated and saddened that the message to keep pets cool was not getting through to people.
"If people can be more vigilant that would be great,” she said.
"If neighbours notice anything let us know or alert their neighbours if they feel comfortable.
"That way if we can't get there in time, it's not another death.”
Ms Flaherty said dogs were especially vulnerable to the heat but horses, goats and plenty of other livestock needed to be kept cool.
If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA's 24-hour Animal Emergency Hotline on 1300 264 625.