Woman claims puppy was flung around in council vehicle
BUNDABERG Regional Council have denied claims that a worker mistreated an injured animal by driving erratically after it was collected from a hit and run.
Twenty-two year old Brooke Fox took to social media to inform the community of what she described as a "cruel and disgusting" act..
Miss Fox said last Thursday she noticed a council vehicle turning on to the Tallon Bridge and as it passed her she saw a caged dog in the back.
"It drove past me - driving like a fool," Miss Fox said.
"I was sitting there, stopped in the turning lane; I saw the dog went flying from one side of the cage to the roof then to the other side.
"It was a black puppy which looked like it was only about four to five months old."
"I tried to follow the car but lost it shortly after."
Miss Fox said she was very upset by what she had witnessed and took to Facebook to see if she could find the owner of the dog to notify them of what had occurred.
"I posted on the local classifieds page and had a big response from that with over 300 comments," she said.
"Even a person who knew the worker posted on Facebook before the worker himself fully admitted it was him.
"It was only that I took notice of the dangerous driving and I was gobsmacked at the treatment of the dog that I posted something.
"You just don't let that sort of thing happen."
Miss Fox said she reported the matter to the council and was informed it would be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Health and Regulatory spokesman Wayne Honor said the council had investigated the matter after being notified by a concerned resident.
"After speaking with staff and assessing other systems we were unable to validate these claims," Mr Honor said.
"It has been identified that Council had been contacted by a community member after a wandering dog was backed over by a vehicle. A contract worker had attended the scene with the assistance of a Council Officer before the animal was transported to a veterinarian clinic to receive treatment.
"The council officer who assisted was able to confirm that the employee in question was driving at a reasonable and safe speed."
Miss Fox said if she owned the dog she would definitely want to know about the behaviour she witnessed.
"I was disgusted by the treatment of the dog," Miss Fox said.
"I was really upset so vented on Facebook and that's when it went from there with the support from locals.
"If it was my dog I would go to more lengths with the situation."