Dingo died 'a cruel' death

Documents reveal a dingo trapped on Fraser Island last year died a slow, painful death.
Documents reveal a dingo trapped on Fraser Island last year died a slow, painful death.

THE necropsy report is chilling in describing the "horror story" death of a Fraser Island dingo during a government-sanctioned experiment last year.

The coolly professional wording exposes a terrifying ordeal suffered by a noose-bound animal struggling so intensely to breathe that it tore the muscles of its ribs and chest wall.

The incident occurred under the ministerial responsibility of then Environment Minister Kate Jones, who did not respond to The Gympie Times yesterday.

National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program vice-president Ian Gunn said the report was "like a horror story".

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service regional manager Ross Belcher denied claims that the fatal experiment did not have ethics approval at the time, but Save Fraser Island Dingoes vice-president Jennifer Parkhurst says the QPWS had not been able to produce the document even in August and had assured SFID representatives that the dingoes did not suffer from QPWS trapping methods.

Both Mr Belcher and Environment Minister Vicky Darling said the death was an isolated incident. Ms Darling said: "All research programs undertaken by DERM are done in accordance with best practice animal welfare principles."

The report details the animal suffered extensive bruising, particularly around the throat and genitals, as well as haemorrhaging to the thorax, limbs, neck, eye and lumbar spine region. It appeared to have struggled vigorously against strangulation, while being restrained with "a pole-noose and a pinning device".

The dingo was previously in good condition, according to a necropsy report history written last May by ranger Linda Behrendorff, who is extensively quoted in the latest Australian Geographic magazine, expressing anger at claims of dingo mistreatment.

"We get the RSPCA and the ethics committee involved and I put my fingers in traps to show them that it doesn't hurt the animal," she told the magazine.

Gympie Times

Topics:  death dingo fraser island injuries veterinarians

Medical centre ready to expand

EARTHWORKS: Dr John Manton on the site of the new medical centre with the current centre and Exhibition Rd in the background.

Excelsior Medical Centre needs room to expand.

What's on in the community this weekend

NOW HEAR THIS: What's on around Gympie region this weekend.

Community Diary for October 22-23

Local Partners

Spectacular quilts, crafts to go on display in Gympie

Rotary Club of Gympie's Quilt & Craft Spectacular brings to the region an inspirational showcase of quilts and handcrafts

Hoo8Hoo hitting all the right notes

PERFECT HARMONY: Brothers Tim (left) and Sam Aitken, aka Hoo8Hoo, will be hitting the Gympie stage on Sunday afternoon for the Rush Festival concert.

Brothers Tim and Sam Aitken will be taking to the stage as Hoo8Hoo.

Raise your glasses to a great idea

CHEERS: Gympie Rotary Club president Spencer Slatter samples a craft beer ahead of the Craft Beer Open Door on October 29-30.

Gympie Rotary stages inaugural Craft Beer Open Door

What's on in the community this weekend

NOW HEAR THIS: What's on around Gympie region this weekend.

Community Diary for October 22-23

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Wine and dine your way around Brisbane this summer

Brisbane has the best places to wine and dine.

NINE of the best places to wine and dine.

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge