Dog dies after left tied to a pole with no water and food in searing 31 degrees heat
A dog was reportedly found dead after he was kept tied to a pole with no food, water, or shelter next to two other pooches in searing 31C heat in Brisbane.
Queensland RSPCA officers were able to save the two other dogs. The dogs had been kept tied up at a Boronia Heights home south of Brisbane, where they were found on Monday.
All three dogs were tied to a pole with heavy chains, as reported by the Daily Mail. The pooches were rescued by RSPCA's Michael Beatty, who detailed the horrible incident. It is still not known who had tied up the dogs to the pole in the scorching heat.
"Words fail us, despite the warnings and despite the help of the media to relay the warnings, some people still aren't listening," Beatty told the publication. He added that only "unbelievable stupidity and callous indifference" could explain the treatment of the dogs left to die in the scorching Queensland heat.
.@RSPCAQld say they're "dumbfounded" after finding a dog tied to a short leash in #Marsden with its mouth taped shut. Given the current heat it could have died within hours. @10NewsFirstQLD pic.twitter.com/dqdCgmOT49— Matthew Howard (@MatthewamHoward) March 11, 2019
He further explained that even though dogs can survive days without food, they could not survive without water, and that chaining them up presented a host of safety issues.
"It's far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won't be necessary to tether the dog in the first place," he said.
And on the same day, the RSPCA was called out to Marsden, south of Brisbane, after reports of a dog being chained up with its mouth taped shut. The pooch, who could neither eat nor drink in his condition, would have definitely not survived the intense heat conditions, if not rescued.
Beatty said that in spite of strong advertising campaigns in the media, some people just weren't getting it or were wilfully undertaking animal cruelty.
As per reports, the maximum penalty for a person found guilty of animal cruelty under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 is a $260,000 fine and three years' imprisonment.
He further explained that in 2018 alone, the Queensland RSPCA had over 2000 calls for animals left out with no shelter or water coupled with 200 call outs for dogs left in hot cars.
He added that anyone who sees an animal in distress always has the option of calling the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL at any time of the day or night.