Wildlife is under attack from pets

BEATEN UP: RSPCA vet nurse Annette Colling holds an injured juvenile brushtail possum.
BEATEN UP: RSPCA vet nurse Annette Colling holds an injured juvenile brushtail possum. Claudia Baxter

A SPIKE in dog and cat attacks on native wildlife has sparked a plea from the RSPCA for pet owners to better restrain their animals.

Hush the 11-month-old brushtail possum was one of the more recent victims of a dog attack and sustained soft tissue damage, muscle pulls and bruising.

The young marsupial is one of more than 100 native animals that have been brought into the RSPCA Queensland's Wildlife Hospital at Wacol from similar attacks in the past three weeks.

Some wildlife have had their internal organs crushed by dogs while others had suffered serious infections from cat scratches.

As a preventative measure, wildlife veterinarian Tania Bishop urged people to make certain their pets were contained, particularly at night.

Dr Bishop said this time of year was notoriously bad for attacks as many native species were giving birth.

"Their young are particularly susceptible to attacks," she said.

Koalas, possums, flying foxes, bearded dragons and myriad bird species have been among the animals brought into the hospital after being attacked in the wild.

Dr Bishop said responsible pet ownership was vital as urbanisation brought native wildlife closer to residential areas. Of the 4000-plus native animals brought into the animal hospital at Wacol, most are either victims of domestic animal attacks or hit and runs.

To report an animal emergency phone 1300 264 625.


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