Being found by RSPCA volunteers may be the best thing that has ever happened to this abandoned dog, pictured with Ian McKay.
Being found by RSPCA volunteers may be the best thing that has ever happened to this abandoned dog, pictured with Ian McKay. Renee Pilcher

Dog dumped behind RSPCA store

"SOME people don't deserve a dog and they certainly don't deserve Christmas," RSPCA  volunteer Marilyn Bunter said yesterday.

She was referring to a poor, hungry female, tentatively nicknamed "Patch", which was found yesterday morning, abandoned and showing all the facial and body language signs of nursing a severely broken heart.

She was tied up to the back entrance of Gympie's RSPCA Bargain Barn in Monkland St, where volunteer workers found her when they arrived for work.

"She's so timid," said Ms Bunter, who found "Patch" tied to the shop's back gate at 8am.

"There was a dish of water, but it was well out of her reach.

"And she is very hungry," said Ms Bunter.

"She's eating cat food at the moment, so she must be.

"She would have been a cute pup from the market and now she's grown up, she's abandoned."

Dogs are noted for their loyalty, but it is a standard of decency that their owners cannot always match.

The dog known only by the nickname "Patch" was either cruelly abandoned or has an equally heartbroken owner who could not keep her anymore, for some reason.

"Either that or a kind person found her, but you would think they'd leave a note," Ms Bunter said.

Bargain Barn manager Georgina McKay said it would have been better if the dog had been taken to the RSPCA animal shelter or the Gympie Regional Council pound.

"She'll be off to the refuge or the pound, probably the pound first," she said.

"It's not our job to look after abandoned animals here. Our job is to pay the mortgage on the refuge."

Truck driver Ian McKay said it would probably be better if the dog went to the pound first, to go through the normal process.

Unfortunately, it is a process that can lead to death, if no one wants an abandoned dog.

"Sometimes you'd like to tie the owner to the gate and leave some water just out of their reach," said Mrs McKay.

"I don't think she's very old," said Ms Bunter.

"She's had pups, so she's probably about a year old.

"She's cute, so she'll probably get a home, but she's obviously been badly treated.

"Some people just don't deserve a dog and they certainly don't deserve Christmas."

Only last week, the RSPCA put out an SOS to people thinking of buying a pet, saying that they have more cats and dogs than they can cope with, including 30 puppies needing new homes.

In a sad reflection on Christmas, many pets become surplus to requirements when families look for holiday accommodation or when puppies grow up to be not quite as cute and cuddly as they were.