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RSPCA investigating another dog shooting case

UPDATE, 11am: RSPCA Queensland regional inspector Shawn Jansen has confirmed the animal welfare organisation is investigating the shooting of a dog at Leyburn.

Mr Jansen said the RSPCA received a report on Tuesday morning that a member of the public had found "Clarissa" - as she has since been named -  wandering around the Toowoomba Karara Rd, near the intersection of Bonnie Doon and Donovan Rds, south of Leyburn.

"For the purposes of our investigation, we're interested in speaking to anyone who can be of further assistance," Mr Jansen said.

"The issues are that landholders have an obligation to take care and manage feral animals on their property but the problem needs to be managed humanely.

"You can't just be taking pot shots at an animal with a rifle that isn't powerful enough to humanely destroy it."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 1300 852 188.

EARLIER: A dog from the Leyburn area is the latest to fall victim to a "spate of animal shootings" across the Darling Downs.

Clarissa, as she has been affectionately named, was brought to the West Toowoomba Veterinary Clinic earlier this week by the RSPCA ambulance after she was found by a member of the public in Leyburn.

Clinic owner Christine Burke said Clarissa "had quite an obvious wound on her back" and posted photos of the dog on Facebook in the hope of identifying her, as the wound was where her microchip should be. 

Preparing Clarissa for surgery yesterday, vet Michael Burke found something more sinister. 

Clarissa is recovering after being shot with a rifle at Leyburn.
Clarissa is recovering after being shot with a rifle at Leyburn. Contributed

"We clipped her hair off and saw an entry wound, and then Michael found bullet fragments in the wound," Mrs Burke said. 

Despite suffering a fair amount of muscle loss and the bullet shattering the top section of some of her vertebrae, Clarissa is recovering well, Mrs Burke said.

'She's happy as Larry, eats well, is barking, walking around, eating treats and getting spoiled," she said. 

Mrs Burke said the shooting of animals had up until this year been rare.

"But this year there seems to have been a spate of shootings. We had a cat who lost a leg earlier in the year, and obviously that dog down in the Lockyer Valley, and now this one," she said. 

"This year there seems to have been a bit more of an increase in animals being shot. I don't know why." 

Clarissa is recovering after being shot with a rifle at Leyburn.
Clarissa is recovering after being shot with a rifle at Leyburn. Contributed

Mrs Burke said she could understand the temptation to shoot a dog that had repeatedly tresspassed on a neighbours property and was harassing livestock. 

"But we would always say... go and talk to your neighbours. People are more than happy usually to solve the problem," she said.

"But if you are going to shoot animals, please don't leave them half shot." 

Clarissa arrived at the vet clinic with a "rip-roaring" temperature and if she hadn't been picked up, the chances of her dying a terrible, lingering death were quite high, Mrs Burke said. 

"It is always depressing I guess that people don't take the effort to try and communicate," she said. 

The matter has been reported to the RSPCA. 

Topics:  animal cruelty darling downs leyburn rspca toowoomba toowoomba crime toowoomba list


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