'Dogs were shot in the head': RSPCA

THE Mackay RSPCA has concluded their investigation into the killing of five mastiff-cross puppies at Glen Isla in April.

Natalie Aitken, of the RSPCA, said every lead had been followed during the course of the investigation.

"The RSPCA have conducted a thorough investigation into the matter and have determined that there is insufficient evidence to keep this case open," she said.

Though the case is closed Ms Aitken did not rule out the possibility of it being reopened if new evidence came to light.

The autopsy concluded the dogs were shot in the head, which is not an offence in Queensland if done "correctly," Ms Aitken said.

No autopsy was performed on the surviving dog - that later died - but it is assumed by the RSPCA that this dog was also shot.

Local resident Mat Willow, who found the dead dogs, posted a photograph on social media in April, which incited public shock and outrage.

This week, Mr Willow said he did not accept the results of the RSPCA autopsy.

A former pest control officer, Mr Willow said he knew what animals looked like when they had been shot.

"There was no bullet holes in any of those dogs' heads. There is no way they were shot," he said.

"The public have a right to know (the truth), they haven't been informed and they want to know what's going on".

The RSPCA were contacted and confirmed that the dogs were shot in the head. 


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