GRAPHIC: Dead puppies found in bag on beach
A DISTURBING discovery of dead puppies in the waterways on McEwens Beach has left a pair of recreational anglers horrified and questioning who may be responsible.
At 1.45pm on Sunday afternoon, a pair of recreational anglers fishing on McEwens Beach were shocked to find three dead puppies in a rubbish bag.
The recreational anglers who did not want to be named, were 'absolutely disgusted' at their discovery.
"As it was floating in I thought it was actually one of the buoys, but as I walked up to see what it was, I saw that it was a bag. So I was about to put it in the rubbish bin," one of the anglers said.
"When I got to it and opened it, I nearly died because I found three dead puppies inside."
After finding the bag, the anglers contacted the RSPCA and Mackay's Animal Welfare Centre to notify them of the incident.
The anglers who regularly find rubbish in the waterways, believe their latest discovery is by far the worst of many items they have found while fishing.
"I'm absolutely horrified. It's tragic that it's Christmas time, and they could've given them away via social media, anyone could take them," one of the anglers said.
The shocked fishers were hoping someone who knows more about what happened to the pups can provide more information to authorities.
"If they can do this to an animal, what can they do to a human being?"
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Micheal Beatty said the incident was remarkably depressing.
"Unfortunately, our inspectors do see some really horrible things. (The) puppies in the bag situation points to the fact that people just have not got their animals de-sexed," Mr Beatty said.
"Rather than trying to find a home for those puppies, they have decided it would be easier to dump them and drown them. It's really disturbing."
Mr Beatty said dogs and cats were the most common animals found in bags and there were around four or five similar cases per year.
"People who are found guilty of this activity can be charged under the Animal Care and Protection Act, where they could face significant fines," he said.
The maximum penalty for unreasonable abandonment or release of animals is $39,165 or one year imprisonment.
Report cruelty to animals by phoning RSPCA Queensland's Cruelty Hotline: 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).