DUMP DOG: CCTV now part of animal cruelty investigation

This small dog was found by a council worker at a landfill site in Willowbank.
This small dog was found by a council worker at a landfill site in Willowbank.


INSPECTORS from the state's animal cruelty enforcement agency continue to investigate how a pet dog ended up at a dump in Willowbank. 

The small dog, named Zoro, was found with his legs tied together inside a plastic bag. 

A council worker fished him out of an industrial bin after hearing Zoro yelp. 

Today, RSPCA's Michael Beatty said relevant CCTV footage was being reviewed as part of the investigation. 



Owner of dog found at dump speaks out

THE owner of a tiny dog found inside a plastic bag at a Willowbank dump site yesterday has spoken out.

Silkstone resident Leigh Henderson was devastated to think people assumed she had been cruel to her son's dog.

Council workers found the dog inside a plastic bag, with its legs tied, inside an industrial bin yesterday.

Leigh believes the dog named Zoro slipped through the fence.

She said Zoro was mostly an inside dog.

"Zoro is very much loved," Leigh said.

"We are absolutely shattered at what has happened. We came home from taking my son to football practice and saw he was gone.

"We drove around everywhere but it was dark and hard to see because it was late.

"As soon as I woke up, I reported him missing."

Leigh said she had tried to fix the fencing, and requested it be fixed by the landlord to ensure Zoro didn't get out.

The fence hasn't been fixed.



A SMALL dog has been found by a council worker at a landfill site in Willowbank. 

The dog's legs were tied together and it was inside a plastic bag.

It had been put in an industrial bin and was found by workers after they heard it yelping when the bin was emptied. 

RSPCA Inspector Laurie Stageman said it was a miracle the dog was still alive.


This small dog was found by a council worker at a landfill site in Willowbank.
This small dog was found by a council worker at a landfill site in Willowbank.


It has now been taken to the RSPCA's Animal Hospital for treatment. 

It's believed the dog must have been placed in someone's wheelie bin for it to have ended up at the dump.   

The dog is tri-coloured and was wearing a white collar with a Greencross veterinary medallion.  

The council worker who found the dog said it was very shaken and looked to be in shock.  

He cleaned it up and it has been drinking water, the RSPCA said.

RSPCA Qld is calling on anyone who may have any information regarding the dog's identity or its owner to contact the Animal Emergency Hotline on 1300 ANIMAL.

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