Dogs starved, maimed in heart-breaking cruelty

Friends of RSPCA president Judy Whicker gives the emaciated husky some tender loving care.
Friends of RSPCA president Judy Whicker gives the emaciated husky some tender loving care. Allen Winter

IT'S the shocking case of cruelty that brought a seasoned animal welfare advocate to tears.

Two huskies on the brink of death - starved, mutilated and ignored.

Lady and Misty were handed over to Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone late on Tuesday.

>> Update 25/7: Three people charged over alleged neglect

The animals, severely under-weight and one with its ears mutilated, left the organisation's president, Judy Whicker, angry and shaken.

"I have been involved with the Friends of the RSPCA for over six years and Lady is on a par with two other extreme emaciated cases we have had in that time," she told The Observer yesterday.

The bony body of the underfed husky.
The bony body of the underfed husky. Allen Winter

"I felt terribly angry at the owner for treating the dogs this way and then absolutely sickened when I saw the state they were in.

"Even more sad is that, even though they have been treated so badly these two girls have so much love to give and don't have a nasty bone in their bodies.

"They are absolutely adorable. Gentle natures.

"There were five volunteers with them this morning and all we wanted to do was cuddle and love them."

Mrs Whicker said it would take time for the animals to return to full health.

One of the emaciated huskies rescued by Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone.
One of the emaciated huskies rescued by Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone.

"Both are severely emaciated although Lady, the elder of the two, is the worst," she said.

"She is only nine kilos when a dog her breed is supposed to be around the 15 to 16 kilos.

"They are both riddled with fleas, worms and ticks.

"It also appears that Lady has had her ears docked which is highly illegal as well as painful to the animal.

"We have been told that these dogs have been living on a small verandah for over five years."

Mrs Whicker said the dogs, in time, would heal.

"Misty has gone into a foster home," she said.

"She is quite a lively girl and will certainly benefit from some basic social skills and basic training.

"Lady is going into foster care where she will be kept inside, warm and cosy, and fed at regular intervals throughout the day."

Mrs Whicker said the suffering could have been prevented with just a phone call.

Gladstone police are investigating the cruelty.

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