Appeal for information: emaciated dog in Wodonga

Published on 14 August 2023

RSPCA Victoria is appealing to the Wodonga community for information about an injured and emaciated dog found in West Wodonga.

On 26 July 2023, Wodonga City Council Rangers contacted the RSPCA Victoria Inspectorate after collecting a stray animal, being a white bull-breed male dog found in appalling condition.

RSPCA Victoria Inspector Team Leader North East, Michelle Green, said she was shocked by the condition of the dog.

“This dog was found severely emaciated with wounds on his feet and spine, and with stained fur on all paws,” Ms Green said.

“Leaving an animal to suffer like this is both abhorrent and unacceptable, and cruelty to animals of this nature will not be tolerated.

“Tragically it appears this animal may have been suffering for a long time in order to end up in such poor condition.”

RSPCA Victoria has launched an investigation into the matter, however as the dog wasn’t microchipped RSPCA Victoria has been unable to identify either the dog or his owner and are appealing to the community for any information to help with identification.

Those with information are asked to call RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate on 03 9224 2222 (available 24/7) or to submit a cruelty report online: rspcavic.org/cruelty-report/. Information can be provided anonymously.

It is an offence under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 to fail to provide appropriate or veterinary attention to a sick or injured animal, or to provide proper and sufficient feed to an animal. Anyone found guilty of such an offence can face fines of up to $48,077.50 or 12-months imprisonment.

Anyone with concerns for the welfare of an animal is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or submit a report at rspcavic.org/cruelty-report/ immediately.

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