Refuge calls for help as pets pay dearly for our ignorance
MEET Evie, an addition to Sunshine Coast's shame file of animal tragedies.
Almost bald, she is barely recognisable as the eight-year-old silky terrier cross she was described as when surrendered to the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge.
Refuge manager Penny Brischke said the dog was brought in by a woman who told staff she had taken her on for a family member whose circumstances had changed.
"She rang. She wasn't sure what to do with her because the dog had a bit of a skin allergy or a rash," refuge manager Penny Brischke said. "You can imagine our horror when we saw her."
Ms Brischke described Evie as a casualty of an "extreme case of lack of education" about how to properly care for an animal. She did not think the woman had deliberately mistreated her.
Mrs Brischke said Evie was showing signs of improvement since she was placed in a foster home a little over a week ago.
Donations can be made to SCARS towards Evie's recovery.
Should pet-care classes be offered by the council?
This poll ended on 25 May 2015.
Yes, for everyone's safety if nothing else
Yes, it's better than pet cruelty through ignorance
No, people need to seek it out themsevles
No, I'm not having my rates go toward that
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.