Urgent warning for North Queensland dog owners after shocking find near crocodile

Pet owners in Townsville have been put on high alert after a crocodile was spotted just metres from the remains of a dog.

A man walking alongside the Ross River near Annandale made the startling find on Thursday, according to The Courier Mail.

In a video, Paul Wenta recorded the “good six-foot long” saltwater crocodile lying on a log.

“He don’t seem real phased by me at the present moment, and he’s only 15 feet away from me, basking in the sun," Mr Wenta says.

Mr Wenta said the croc had been
Mr Wenta said the croc had been "been chewing on someone’s dog down there." Source: Seven News

Panning across the bush, Mr Wenta suddenly captures the carcass of an animal, which he first suspects is a kangaroo.

On closer inspection, however, the Townsville resident realises that it is in fact a dog.

“Now that dog wasn’t there a few nights ago,” he said.

“He’s been opened up in the back there. Poor bugger. Someone’s pet.

“Anyone missing their dog along Annandale side, there is a pretty good chance that fella right there took him.”

Mr Wenta added: “We knew it was only going to be a matter of time.”

Lying just metres from the crocodile, the pet was almost completely gutted, with patches of fur and bones the only obvious features.

The Ross River is known for its crocodile population. Source: Getty
The Ross River is known for its crocodile population. Source: Getty

Mr Wenta has urged anyone in the area to “stay right away” from the Ross River, which is well known for having an abundance of the reptiles, both saltwater and freshwater.

“These guys are in breeding season,” he warned

“They might get highly aggressive.

“I just want people to be careful and lock your dogs up at night.”

Last November, a local fisherman in Townsville noted a rise in crocodile numbers in the Ross River, which is one of the city’s busiest waterways.

While last month, the Department of Environmental Science reported a saltwater croc near Douglas.

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