Abused puppy on the mend
A MISTREATED red cattle dog cross puppy dumped at the Warwick pound last week has spent the past four days recovering from her traumatic past.
Each day the puppy becomes more outgoing and is slowly transforming from the timid animal cowering in the corner on day one.
Sadly, her story is not unique but pound staff members are hoping it will conclude with a happy ending.
The local animal control officer said although the dog shows signs of having been mistreated, she is suitable for re-homing with loving new owners.
"She is really sweet and despite what she has been through she is still wagging her tail," the officer said.
"It's amazing because despite everything these dogs go through before they get here, they still respond to kindness and are not aggressive.
"They still trust you if you are kind to them."
Dumped dogs are a constant sight at the Warwick pound, with at least one dog standing behind the doors at all times.
Although staff members are always pleased to see a puppy placed in a new home, the officer said rescue dogs weren't for everyone.
She said the decision to adopt an animal was not easy and it was important to break the cycle to ensure the animal - or its offspring - did not make their way back to the pound.
Essentials are a fenced yard and the time and patience to put into a dog that may have been neglected or mistreated.
But for those willing to put in the extra yards, the rewards can be immeasurable.
"I think a lot of the dogs we get are so grateful to be taken home they give you extra love," the officer said.
Other animals being housed at the pound and in need of a loving new home at the moment are two great dane cross puppies (about 12 weeks old), one staffy cross puppy (about eight weeks old) and a terrier cross (around two years old).
The officer said staff observe the animals over several days and monitor their contact with both people and other dogs to ensure they are suitable for re-homing.
"We judge every dog on its merit and not on its breed and if they're not suitable to be re-homed then we don't," she said.
People wishing to sell or give away cats or dogs over eight weeks must ensure the animal is microchipped or face a $2000 fine.
Anybody who is interested in rescuing one of these dogs should call Southern Downs Regional Council immediately on 4661 0300.