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Deceased puppies dumped in recycling bin

November 16, 2022 9:01 am in by

A confronting and distressing find for council workers after three dead puppies were discovered in a yellow-lidded bin.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council says its recycling contractors were hand-sorting the waste when the eight-to-ten week old puppies were discovered in the bin on November 1.

The matter was reported to the RSPCA and locals were advised of the situation via a letter drop.

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RSPCA spokesperson Emma Lagoon says they received the report a week after the bodies were discovered.

“We got that report on Tuesday, 8th of November,” says Ms Lagoon.

“Investigators followed up with Council, with them [Council] advising that the bodies of the deceased puppies had already been disposed.

“No photos or microchip scans were done at the time so we don’t have any identifying factors for these puppies in order to investigate.

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“Unfortunately we aren’t able to identify the puppies’ cause of death and because we don’t have that evidence we won’t be able to investigate further.”

Deputy Mayor Jason Cook says he’s not sure when it was reported to the RSCPA, but will look into the whether correct procedures were followed.

“The process will be looked at I am sure, to see if we have done everything right,” Cr Cook says.

“These investigations are no different to a legal matter that the police deal with, you’ve got to have every bit of evidence to actually find out who has done this.

“But at the end of the day it is pretty hard to track it back. It’s alright to say that we have found it in this particular bin but who knows who put it in that bin, it could have been someone driving past from another area that dumped them in the bin.”

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He also says never-the-less it’s a disturbing find for the workers sorting the recycling.

“Our recycling is processed by hand, a team of workers including those who have disabilities,” Cr Cook says.

“No one should have to be confronted by that, the sight of dead pup in amongst hand-sorted recycling stuff, it’s not a good thing and distressing.”

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