WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Queensland family is grieving the loss of their family dog after she was found mutilated on a property at Bungundarra on the Capricorn Coast.
RSPCA Inspectors were called out to investigate a deceased dog found on acreage on Norpine Road, close to Woodbury on Wednesday, March 23.
The dog, a 12-year-old brindle staffy cross called Georgia, was taken to a vet for an autopsy where the examining vet said the cause of death is inconclusive but said it was most likely she died of shock.
The Courier Mail reported the dog was found on a property within 1km of her home.
Person who did this 'knows what they were doing'
RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Emma Lagoon described the incident as "beyond upsetting".
"You just can’t unsee this. I really feel for the dog’s owners, the property owner and our Inspector," she said.
The RSPCA said the person who mutilated Georgia appears to know what they were doing.
“We’re absolutely disgusted that someone out there thinks it’s ok to remove the skin from someone’s pet," Ms Lagoon said.
"The vet says this was done post-mortem, but either way it’s sickening. What could they possibly gain from doing this?”
Georgia's family said they are "deeply unnerved" by the situation.
"She was a much loved family member and no one should have to suffer the same way we have," they said.
"We hope that bringing this awareness will protect others from the same grief we feel."
Ms Lagoon warned pet owners in the Yeppoon and Rockhampton areas to be careful.
"Please keep them safe and secure on your property," she said.
"We’d hate for this to happen to another family’s pet. The person who has done this clearly lacks any form of empathy and is in the area.”
If anyone has any information about this situation, please contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
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