Dead dog donation disgusts charity
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE dumping of a dead dog at the Endeavour Foundation shop yesterday was the last straw for its volunteers.
Dot Stringer, one of the 20 or so volunteers who sorts out donated materials at the shop, was shocked to find a dead silky terrier and its food and drink dishes inside a sealed carton box.
"I've seen a lot of stuff come in over the years, but this has to be the worst by far,'' she said.
"There is somebody very sick out there, I tell you,'' she said.
It is not known if the dog was alive or dead when it was dropped off.
She said she opened the box even though there was a foul smell coming from it.
"I will never do that again,'' she said.
Endeavour shop manager Cathy Brown said it was possible people were dumping rubbish in the bins or leaving it outside the shop just to save on taking it to the dump and having to pay for it.
Mrs Brown said only about one third of the material left with the foundation was able to be used.
The rest took up hours of valuable volunteer time in sorting out for discarding at the dump.
She said although some of the material was given in good faith by people who were unclear about what was useful and what was not, "other stuff left in the bins was obviously rubbish that had no chance of being used''.
This included soiled nappies, dirty work clothing and even used underclothing.
"We've also had kitchen scraps, and one time we found a large reef fish in the bottom of the bin ? the whole bin was wasted because of the odour.''
Mrs Brown said Endeavour had no use for furniture or cabinets. Usable materials were such things as clean saleable clothing, bric-a-brac, shoes and toys.
She said the shop's purpose was strictly to raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities.
Another problem faced by the shop was theft.
She said often materials left outside the shop had been stolen.
She urged anyone witnessing theft to report the matter to the police or collect information such as vehicle registration.