FOLLOWING reports of dog baiting on Mackay region social media pages, RSPCA Queensland has confirmed it's working with Queensland Police to investigate several possible cases.
RSPCA Regional Inspector Natalie Aitken said the RSPCA had "heard of a couple (of reports) recently", but noted the potential poisonings "are extremely hard to follow up".
"One incident has been referred to the Queensland Police to take a lead," she said.
"We do get reports on this (dog baiting) from time to time."
Ms Aitken said at least one of the reports focused on Slade Point, but other areas were also being mentioned to RSPCA.
The Mackay region inspector encouraged owners to take their animals to a vet immediately if baiting was suspected, then to report incidents to RSPCA and Mackay Police.
Facebook page Mackay Pet Central issued a warning about pet dog baiting yesterday, which had attracted more than 300 shares at time of publication.
"I have been receiving reports of pets being baited in the Rural View & Andergrove areas, also on properties around the Breezes Retirement Village," the post read.
"Pets are being baited with meat laced with weedkiller, 1080 and/or Panadol. I urge all owners to be vigilant in checking their pets and yards regularly and if poisoning suspected to contact their vets ASAP.
"Also report incidents to police and council as well so that a clear picture can be formed of events.
"Of the two most recent cases one is at home with damaged pancreas and the other is still at the vets."
"If you have any information regarding these cruel attacks on our furry family members please inform the police straight away."
Facebook user Elaine Alderslade posted last Friday to warn others about suspected dog baiting in the Northern Beaches area.
"Some despicable a******* has baited the same dog twice in Northern Beaches area," she wrote.
"Currently doing ok at (the) Vet Hospital there. If anyone knows anything about this you must contact your nearest police station.
"What sick type of victimisation is this. If anyone knows what is being used notify also."
Replies posted raised concerns about suspected pet dog baiting at Andergrove, Beaconsfield and Rural View.
Some posters thought the baits being used might be 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate, often used on wild dogs and other ferals), or perhaps a weed killer such as RoundUp.
Reports of pet dog baiting in Mackay region have been periodically scattered across Facebook and other social media channels over the past few years.
If you have any more information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or RSCPA on 1300 264 625.
Symptoms of poisoning
The symptoms of a poisoned pet depend on the type of poison he or she is exposed to.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact a vet immediately for advice.
- Blood in the stool
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Inability to urinate