RSPCA Queensland is investigating a potential case of animal abuse after a dog was found injured and tied to a tree, with mysterious marker drawings covering his body.
The dog was found at Tovey Park on Parklands Drive at Boronia Heights on Tuesday September 20, before being rescued by an RSPCA inspector.
An investigation has been launched but it is yet to determine who owned the dog and how he came to be injured and abandoned.
The dog suffered “puncture injuries to his neck” before being left tied to a tree on a short lead, with RSPCA slamming the dog’s treatment.
“We need to see an end to this type of animal abandonment and neglect,” RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon said.
“It’s absolutely not ok to leave an injured dog tied to a tree. As for the markings, it’s plain disrespectful.”
The large tan male Mastiff cross is now receiving veterinary care from the RSPCA.
“As you can imagine, this poor dog is quite scared and getting all the care he needs right now to hopefully overcome his ordeal and make a full recovery,” Ms Lagoon said.
Concerned Queenslanders have expressed their anger over the dog’s treatment online after the RSPCA posted a call out for assistance in their investigation.
“Only someone who’s sick in the head would do something like this, whoever it is needs to be locked up and evaluated mentally, alarming that we have such a sick individual out there and don’t know who it is,” Donna Carlyon said on Facebook.
“This breaks my heart, there are some horrendous individuals who walk among us,” Dyan Francke said.
There were also many offers to foster or adopt the dog.
“Is this lovely little fur baby getting another chance at life?? I would love to give him my whole heart and home,” Tassha Lee Cross said.
Anyone with information about the dog, or who may have seen someone in the area with it, is urged to contact RSPCA’s emergency hotline on 1300 264 625.
Originally published as Bizarre markings left on injured dog under investigation
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