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Puppy found with eyes glued shut

Better Vets’ Holly Goldring, left, RSPCA Mackay regional inspector Selina Neill and Northern Beaches police officer Constable Chris O’Keefe with the dog, which is recovering after its eyes were glued shut.
Better Vets’ Holly Goldring, left, RSPCA Mackay regional inspector Selina Neill and Northern Beaches police officer Constable Chris O’Keefe with the dog, which is recovering after its eyes were glued shut. Peter Holt

ANY animal cruelty case makes vet Holly Goldring shudder but when this King Charles cocker spaniel-cross laid on her operating table it took her breath away. Unbelievably the four-month-old had his eyes glued shut.

It took Dr Goldring 45 minutes to cut through the glue to get the dog’s eyes open again.

“It’s heartbreaking when I have to deal with these sort of incidents – it’s concerning that there are people out there that think they can abuse animals like this,” Dr Goldring said.

“Yes, as a vet it is my job to help animals, but it is very hard when animals like this puppy come to you in the state they are in.

“It took me 45 minutes to get his eyes open. I then found a haemorrhage on the eyeball, which would have been caused by trauma – he is lucky to be alive.

“However, the good thing is we have been able help him out (the cocker spaniel) and he has come around and is healing quiet nicely.

“Considering what has happened to this little fellow he is very trusting.”

Dr Goldring said the dog had also suffered what appeared to be chemical-like burns.

The dog was taken to the vet after two people called police to say they had seen a man abusing it near a walking track on Binnington Esplanade late Monday afternoon.

They allege they saw the dog being thrown, kicked and dragged along the path and punched repeatedly.

Mackay police acting Inspector Simon Palmer said about 4.30pm on Monday two people observed a man allegedly striking what appeared to be a small dog.

“The dog was in distress because of it,” Acting Inspector Palmer said.

“Police were called and conducted an investigation with the RSPCA. As a result, yesterday (Tuesday) a 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with two offences – unlawful wounding of an animal and failing to provide suitable care for an animal.”

Acting Inspector Palmer thanked the members of the public who informed police and praised the work of police, the RSPCA and Better Vets at Andergrove for their help and time to keep the dog alive.

Yesterday, two other people were also charged in relation to the alleged cruelty to the dog.


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