Plea to dog owners after koala savaged
THE RSPCA is urging dog owners to keep a look out for vulnerable native wildlife, following a fatal attack on a koala overnight.
RSPCA vet Rebecca Millers said the death of a koala in the northern Brisbane suburb of Petrie could have been prevented if the dog’s owners had called the RSPCA straight away.
It is believed the attack happened about 2.30am, however the dog’s owners waited until 7.30am to notify the RSPCA.
The koala’s injuries were severe and it had to be euthanased.
“It’s just so sad because it was easily preventable,” Dr Millers said.
“We’re urging everyone to keep their dogs inside at night time, particularly if they’re in koala inhabited areas.
“We’re also urging anyone who witnesses an attack to call 1300 ANIMAL immediately.
“This koala lay in pain for over five hours. If we’d got there sooner there is a chance he could have survived.”
The message is particularly important for Ipswich residents, with large koala populations on the city’s doorstep.
So far this year RSPCA Queensland’s Wildlife Hospital has taken in more than 170 koalas, with about 25% of those the victims of dog attacks.
“This young male was about three years old and as such would have been coming into his first breeding season,” Dr Millers said.
“He was fit and healthy and sadly that’s not common in our rapidly dwindling koala population. This is such a waste and as I said it was easily preventable.”