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Three horrific animal cruelty acts shock Caboolture region

ATTACK VICTIM: This dog is recovering well after being found tied to a tree in Deception Bay with a cut in her throat.
ATTACK VICTIM: This dog is recovering well after being found tied to a tree in Deception Bay with a cut in her throat. Jorge Branco

A KANGAROO much-loved by the Toorbul community is one of three animals in less than a week to suffer a horrific act of cruelty in the region.

Over just five days last week, a dog was found tied to a tree in Deception Bay with a cut on its throat, a horse was shot dead at a Kurwongbah property and the kangaroo, known as Ralph, died on Toorbul's main street with two arrows in its side.

Gillian Nicholson was horrified to discover the kangaroo lying dead on The Esplanade, Toorbul on Wednesday morning on her daily walk.

"There was an awful amount of blood. It must have suffered," she said.

"I can't condone the behaviour but I wish the culprit no harm.

"I'm trying to understand the reason for senselessly killing the animal."

Fellow Toorbul resident Peter Jackson fondly remembered Ralph sleeping under his parents' banana tree.

"You could call him over and he'd let you give him a scratch," he said in a letter.

"He would laze around people's back yards."

Caboolture Police are investigating the incident but could not give any more details.

Charlie Walsh's horse, Susie, was shot at Kurwongbah. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News
Charlie Walsh's horse, Susie, was shot at Kurwongbah. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News Jorge Branco

About the same time Gillian discovered Ralph, Kurwongbah farmer Charlie Walsh found his 14-year-old mare, Susie, with a bullet through the neck and heart.

Petrie police are investigating the death of the animal, which was used extensively by Pine Rivers Riding for the Disabled Association.

Pine Rivers RDA secretary Helen McCormick said the whole group was devastated.

"It was our most used pony. She'd take any of the adults or the children," she said.

Early in the week, a dog was found tied up in bushland in Deception Bay with a cut in its throat.

RSPCA veterinarian Vicki Lomax said the dog was very lucky.

"The wound was not as bad as was previously thought and certainly was not life threatening," she said.

"She was timid and frightened when she came in but each day she is gaining in confidence."

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said it had been a depressing week.

He urged anyone with information on any of the incidents to contact the RSPCA or police.

Topics:  animal cruelty, caboolture, rspca


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