Investigation into 'horrific' chemical burns on pets
RSPCA Mackay is now combing through evidence into sickening suspected chemical attacks on four dogs in Andergrove.
Andergrove residents Sarah de Silva and Lisa La Spina posted about the November 29 and December 3 incidents, in which their animals backs and paws were badly burnt in separate attacks.
Facebook groups and pages based in the Mackay region filled with furious comments from residents, with many posters concerned what the culprit may do next.
Indeed, multiple studies have provided strong evidence of a link between animal cruelty and violence towards humans.
RSPCA Mackay region inspector Natalie Aitken said there'd been an "overwhelming reaction from social media" from concerned Mackay region residents.
"At the moment we're speaking to the owners of the animals to gain as much information as we possibly can and to ascertain further information," she said.
"One of the owners has placed an official complaint and I'm attempting to contact the other owner. The police haven't contacted me directly (about this)."
Ms Aitken said she hadn't heard of any similar incidents in recent times.
"And I really hope we don't get anymore," she said.
"It's horrific what these four animals are going through and the question I've been asked if I expect similar things to happen.
"Right now, I'd say it's a one-off incident that's unfortunately happened to four animals in two separate circumstances and it's just a fluke they're so close together.
"Sometimes unfortunately there'll be a one-off where an animal is quite severely abused, out of the blue and there are no connections to it. It's quite difficult obviously to investigate situations like that ... "
Ms Aitken advised the community to keep a close eye on their pets, and their neighbours, to ward off any follow-up attacks.
"We all know crime is getting worse in Mackay and we just want to encourage everyone to look out for each other," she said.
"If anyone has more information in regards to these incidents, or any animal cruelty complaints, please call 1300 ANIMALS and they'll be put through to an inspector.
"We're hoping the community can band together and prevent something like happen again."
Better Pet Vets Andergrove vet Holly Goldring has said she believes the dogs were deliberately attacked.
Ms Aitken said RSPCA was still determining the cause of the dogs' injuries.