Trudi and Ian Brown with the five puppies that were dumped not far from the Browns’ property yesterday morning.
Trudi and Ian Brown with the five puppies that were dumped not far from the Browns’ property yesterday morning. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Anger over abandoned puppies

ONE of Ian and Judi Brown’s teenage daughters went to school yesterday morning in tears and heartbroken by the callous actions of a woman who abandoned five precious puppies not far from the Brown family home.

The adorable dogs are now in the hands of the pound and are in urgent need of a new home, with council only able to house them for three days before they will be euthanised.

About 8.15am yesterday, the Brown family witnessed the woman in a white Commodore park her vehicle outside their home and unload the pups on the roadside before driving away.

The kind family scooped up the abandoned siblings and took them to their home, saying the puppies would have no chance of survival if left to fend for themselves.

“If they were a bit bigger they might have had a chance of survival but these ones wouldn’t have lasted. They would be run over or killed by foxes,” Mr Brown said.

The couple say they are sick of people using their quiet rural property as a dumping ground for animals and rubbish and urged pet owners to be more responsible.

At one stage the couple’s property was inundated with 25 feral cats.

“If they don’t want the puppies why don’t they get the buggers fixed?” Mr Brown asked. “If they can’t deal with the problem they should have the dog fixed up.”

Mrs Brown compared the “cowardly” act to abandoning a child.

“As far as I’m concerned it is the same as dumping a six-month old baby on the side of the road,” she said. “Animals have as much feeling as anyone else.”

Over in Stanthorpe yesterday morning the pound had its own special delivery of 12 puppies, which were surrendered by the owner who was unable to care for them.

Southern Downs Regional Council Environmental Services manager Tim O’Brien said animal dumping is a concern to council from both an animal welfare and an economic perspective.

He said the dumping of puppies at a private residence didn’t happen very often and animals were usually left in the secure drop-off facilities at the pound in either Stanthorpe or Warwick.

Council advises pet owners who no longer want their animals to try advertising the animal for re-homing, selling them or giving them away through pet shops or contacting an animal welfare group.

Anyone who is interested in adopting one of the puppies or any of the other animals in the Warwick pound is being urged to contact council immediately on 4661 0300.

People who would like to adopt one of the 12 Stanthorpe puppies should call 4681 5500 immediately.



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