Emaciated Staffy returns to owners after being impounded
SOME of Mackay's animals lovers are outraged after seeing a female Staffy emaciated three weeks after giving birth.
The dog was impounded on October 17.
RSPCA regional inspector Natalie Aitken said she was working closely with Mackay Regional Council to investigate the issue.
She confirmed the dog was emaciated and that it was not usual for a dog to lose excessive weight after giving birth.
Reports suggest the owner picked the dog up from the Animal Management Centre on October 19.
Mackay region woman Debbie Hudson said she was upset that owner was able to pick up the dog for a small release fee.
"Their policy is if you pay the pound fee you can have it back, which I don't think is right when the dog is in such a poor condition," she said.
"If the animal's neglected, it should not go back to the owner. It should be confiscated."
Release fees from the Mackay Regional Council pound are as follows:
- Registered dog - released to owner $50 (no prior history, first-time offender)
- Registered dog - released to owner $100 (prior history, complaints received)
- Unregistered dog - $300 (includes registration)
- Second and subsequent impounding in 12 months - $200.
Health and Regulatory Services manager Craig Shepherd said there were currently 13 dogs at the Animal Management Centre.
"Unregistered dogs are kept for a minimum of three working days and registered, or identifiable dogs, for a minimum of five working days,'' he said.
"Dependent on capacity, dogs will be kept for longer periods.
"The Animal Management Centre's rehoming rate for dogs is currently around 92 per cent."