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Saturday, Apr 28, 2007
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
A dog struggled to keep its head above water for two days before drowning in a rubbish bin in the Northern Territory.
Yachties heard the animal yelping and tried three times in vain to pinpoint the location of the cries.
The RSPCA last night described it as one of the worst cases of cruelty recorded in the Territory.
Nhulunbuy president Glenda Webster said it seemed the dog had trod water for two days in a desperate attempt to stay alive.
"It would have become very tired and drowned," she said.
"I want to find who did this – people have to know that they just can't treat animals like this."
The bin had been half filled with water – just enough to drown the brindle dog, which was about 18 months old.
The dog, which is believed to have given birth recently, was found in the open 1m-tall plastic bin on Drimmiehead Rd on the outskirts of Nhulunbuy.
A couple who anchored their yacht in the harbour made the gruesome discovery on Saturday.
They had heard the dog crying and yelping since Thursday night.
They had come ashore on Thursday, Friday and Saturday thinking that the animal must have been caught in the mangroves.
Ms Webster said the couple was devastated when they discovered the dog dead in the bin of water.
She said the couple had never thought to look in the bin during their searches.
"I want to make a noise about this incident," Ms Webster said.
"There is an RSPCA inspector based here... they need to know they can't get away with animal cruelty."
- News.Com.Au - May 1, 2007
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