Information sought after seven puppies dumped in Forest Hill
RSPCA QUEENSLAND is asking for assistance from anyone with information about seven puppies left in a cardboard box on the side of the road in Forest Hill last night.
All seven are suffering from a severe case of demodex mange (mites) which caused significant hair loss and scarring.
They were picked up by a member of the public and taken to the UQ VETS - Small Animal Hospital in Gatton on Tuesday night before being transferred to RSPCA care this morning.
Dr Sureiyan Hardjo said the puppies, which he estimated were between four and six weeks old, arrived at the hospital around 6.30pm last night.
"Two members of the public came in after finding a cardboard box full of puppies. It had a bit of a soft blanket at the bottom," Dr Hardjo said.
"They were in pretty bad condition. They were really bad.
"I don't think they were out there for too long because they wouldn't have been able to survive (in the cold) out there for too long.
"They were mildly dehydrated... but they were still responsive enough. They were probably out there for a few hours.
"A couple of them were pretty flat so we gave them fluids underneath the skin, and housed them in one of our wards with food and water. They were pretty hungry and thirsty."
He said it was heartbreaking to see the animals get to that stage, when there are many avenues other than dumping available.
"No vet wants to see something like that, we all get into the industry to try and help animals," he said.
"It's known that you can surrender animals to organisations like the RSPCA who will do what they can, to either re-home or, if it's really really severe, to do whatever is necessary on humane grounds.
"With pups they've got a good chance of re-homing. You're a bit disappointed to see them get to this stage."
Anyone with information on the potential owner or any sightings of the incident are urged to contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
"It's upsetting to see this sort of treatment with any animal, to see it in seven young and loving puppies is truly heartbreaking," RSPCA Chief Veterinarian Anne Chester said.