Animal dumping not on for the people of the South Burnett
WATTLE Camp woman Alina Briggs lives on a road that isn't shy of animal dumping and, after witnessing another person leave their dog near her house last week, she has had enough.
The animal lover has lived on the property for two years and said a number of people had dropped their animals on the side of the road and driven off.
"Because we're out of town and there's not much traffic, I'm assuming it happens often," Ms Briggs said. "People would come out of town to dump their animal because there's a good chance they're not going to be seen doing it."
With a huge passion for animals, Ms Briggs supports a guinea pig shelter on the Sunshine Coast and has branched that out into the South Burnett.
"I worry about animals being dumped out here because of wild dogs and snakes or if they get hit by the trucks that go by," she said.
"There's so many dangers for them just to be dumped, especially when they don't know how to survive out on their own."
In all Australian states and territories, it is an offence to abandon an animal of a species usually kept in a state of confinement or for domestic purpose.
Dumping is often the result of unwanted litters due to lack of desexing or impulse buying of animals.
Since November last year, the Kingaroy RSPCA received 765 animals through the pound and took in a further 163 strays.
Kingaroy RSPCA manager Sally Charles said there was an increase from spring until autumn.
"The big thing is people not desexing their animals," Mrs Charles said.
"We do get litters of animals found at the tip, but I wouldn't make the assumption that the animals we see are being dumped."
The RSPCA has a procedure in place where it won't allow people to adopt animals as gifts without the permission of the person they're adopting for.
Ms Briggs hoped people would realise there were other more ethical ways of acting if they could no longer care for an animal.
"They can go to a shelter or give the animal to someone who will look after it, rather than just dumping," Ms Briggs said.
"I can't get my head around people who are cruel to animals.
"It doesn't make sense because the animal gives so much love back - they have their own personality and they feel, just like we do."