RESCUE: Five puppies who were dumped at Euri Creek earlier this week had many health problems but are doing much better. Photo: Anna Wall
RESCUE: Five puppies who were dumped at Euri Creek earlier this week had many health problems but are doing much better. Photo: Anna Wall

HEARTBREAKING: Dumped puppies ‘smelled like sewage’

PUPPIES covered in scabs and looking like "bags of bones" were dumped at Euri Creek earlier this week, with rescuers saying they must have been neglected for weeks.

The five puppies rescued were found in a fertilizer bag left at the end of a driveway, by a member of the public who called Helping Hands Animal Rescue to assist.

Helping Hands Animal Rescue co-founders Brooke Matheson and Kirsty Short said they couldn't find quite the right words to describe how they felt about the person who dumped the pups.

"We are disappointed, but I think it's because a lot of people don't know where to go or what to do," Ms Matheson said.

Ms Matheson said the puppies must have been neglected for a long time and she would like to find the animals' mother who would probably be in a "really bad state".

"They smelled like sewage, like the dump," she said.

"They had pus balls under their arms and scabs all over. They were lethargic, and looked like a bag of bones.

"They had fleas, staph infection, ringworm and their low immune systems had resulted in secondary infections."

HELP: Helping Hands Animal Rescue say the five pups who were dumped need their
HELP: Helping Hands Animal Rescue say the five pups who were dumped need their "forever homes". Photo: Anna Wall

After just a couple of days of good food, baths and medication, the puppies are on the right track, though it has taken more of a toll financially than usual, Ms Matheson said.

"The cost for these five puppies alone is at least $500 so far, that's just to start with, without food, vaccinations, desexing," she said.

"Every day we have to bathe them in special shampoo, cover them in cream, bleach the pen and wash our own clothes in special powder."

The centre has since had another 10 puppies handed in by an owner who "did the right thing".

Ms Short said the man had been saving to desex a recently purchased dog, who escaped and ended up coming home from the pound with a "surprise" belly full of pups.

Ms Short said she had to delete comments about the man, which was unfair to someone who had surrendered the dogs to the right place.

CRYING OUT: Currently home to 17 puppies, nine kittens and two adult cats, Helping Hand Animal Rescue say they are in need of foster carers and any help the community can offer. Photo: Anna Wall
CRYING OUT: Currently home to 17 puppies, nine kittens and two adult cats, Helping Hand Animal Rescue say they are in need of foster carers and any help the community can offer. Photo: Anna Wall

To help stop future dumpings, Helping Hands Animal Rescue offer a Last Litter program where they can provide assistance to low income earners and people who aren't able to afford to desex their animal.

Ms Short said they understood the financial implications of having pets and knew that sometimes "things happen".

"Private message us, we've been there, we're not living in mansions, we get it and just want to help," she said.

"If you give out kindness, then you get it back."

The pair say they're grateful for the support shown by the community so far.

"Bowen Vets has been amazing with their support of us, the community has been amazing," Ms Short said.

The centre currently has 17 puppies, nine kittens and two adult cats and need any support they can get from the local community, including foster carers, donations or pet supplies.

There is more information on the best way to donate on theHelping Hands Animal Rescue Bowen Facebook page, or phone directly on 0459 538 093.


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