Dog Found With Mouth Taped Shut During QLD Heatwave
The RSPCA has been left horrified after a dog was found with its mouth taped shut in heatwave conditions.
The dog was found by RSPCA Inspectors in the Logan suburb of Marsden on Monday, during an intense heatwave sweeping across the state.
The dog was tied on a very short tether and, to the horror of inspectors, with its mouth taped shut.
In the extreme temperatures Queensland is sweltering through, the dog could have died within hours, as it could not drink water or pant -- which is how dogs keep themselves cool.
RSPCA QLD spokesperson Michael Beatty said the act showed "unbelievable stupidity and callous indifference" in the skyrocketing temperatures.
"Words fail us,” he said.
“Despite the warnings and despite the help of the media to relay the warnings some people still aren’t listening.”
In the neighbouring suburb of Boronia Heights, two other dogs were found on short tethers and without water. One had already died by the time it was found by inspectors.
The RSPCA said last year it received more than 1500 calls about dogs locked in hot cars, and more than 2000 calls about animals being left without shade or water.
“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die," Beatty said.
"We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”