Dogs 'tortured, sexually attacked'
A BARGARA family is angry and distraught after their two family dogs were tortured - and one possibly sexually assaulted - after escaping their yard.
The nine-year-old female Staffordshire terrier had to be put down after the disturbing attack, while her 10-year-old playmate is recovering after a severe battering.
The family was away for the weekend, and believe the dogs escaped the house, only to be picked up by the sick perpetrators.
The dogs were found on Barrons Road, just outside Burnett Heads.
“Where are these people’s conscience? It’s just disgusting, unbelievable,” the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
“You couldn’t print what I really felt, but ultimately we want to try and catch these people and don’t want it happening to someone else’s pet.”
Veterinarian Tim Hill, who treated the dogs, said the Staffordshire bitch’s injuries were like nothing he had encountered in 15 years of practising.
The incident, which occurred a fortnight ago, left the dog with the sort of bleeding and bruising that led the vet to believe this was not the result a dog fight, and possibly that of a sexual assault.
“We don’t know what actually caused the injuries, but my gut feeling was that something undesirable has happened to this dog,” Mr Hill said.
“I see things every day, but this made me ill. I’ve never seen a presentation of injuries like this on any other animal in my 15 years.”
Severe haemorrhaging meant the dog needed a blood transfusion when it arrived at the Bundaberg Veterinary Clinic.
It was heavily medicated, constantly vomiting and in agony, before the owners decided euthanasia was the kindest option.
Its 10-year-old counterpart had received cuts and bruising from a severe bashing.
Still carrying its war wounds, the dog is now afraid of the outdoors and constantly shakes, according to its owners.
The two pets had grown up with the family and their two children and had never been aggressive, they say.
“It’s just gut wrenching. It broke our heart to see her in such pain and obviously it was tough for the kids,” the mother said.
Bundaberg RSPCA shelter manager Vicki Beer said torture such as this was rare in the region.
“This is the first incident like this I’ve heard of in Bundaberg,” she said.
“But it is absolutely abhorrent, disgusting and feral. The people who did this are sick, but unless someone comes forward with information they will get away with it.”
The owners are offering a financial reward for any information, and Mrs Beer urged potential witnesses to telephone the RSPCA on 4155 1736.