Hand over your dog if you tie it up all day: RSPCA
BUNDABERG'S RSPCA inspector has admonished dog owners who tether their pets all day, saying they should give them up instead, following the death of another dog left tied up in the region she oversees.
Penny Flaherty was called Maryborough about 6.30pm on Monday after the third heat-related death of a dog in Wide Bay this month.
The dog was an adult male staffordshire terrier cross.
"He was on a chain attached to a runner and he's got caught somehow in that," Ms Flaherty said.
"So he did have access (to water and shelter) but once he was tangled, he couldn't access it," she said.
"This incident could have been prevented if the dog had a proper enclosure."
Ms Flaherty said it wasn't clear how long the dog had been left before it was discovered.
"The cause of the death is yet to be confirmed, but heat was certainly a factor," she said.
The incident comes only days after a large mastiff was found "with its organs boiling", tied up to a clothesline during a scorching heatwave in Hervey Bay.
Ms Flaherty was also called after a small poodle tied up in Bundaberg died after its tether became entangled around a clothes line and it was left without access to water or shade in last week.
Ms Flaherty said spate of deaths was a stern warning about the dangers of tethering pets.
She said it would be more responsible for owners to rehome a pet rather than tie it up all day.
"It's just so dangerous," she said.
"Tethering shouldn't be a lifetime option for the animal.
"It's not a quality life.
"If you can't give it that, then rehome it. That's being responsible too."
She also said owners should desex their animals to reduce roaming in the heat.