Anger over handling of dead dog
A CANINE lover has been left "disgusted" by the behaviour of Sunshine Coast Council staff after they failed to check if the dog she hit with her car was microchipped before disposing of the carcass.
Daril Braeckmans, of Alexandra Headland, struck the collarless golden labrador early Sunday morning while driving to pick up friends from a Mooloolaba nightclub.
She yesterday said the male dog died almost instantly and, despite not having a collar, appeared to have been well looked after.
Ms Braeckmans, herself a dog owner, called the RSPCA and was directed to council's animal emergency hotline.
The dog was then retrieved.
On Monday, Ms Braeckmans contacted the council to find out if staff had found a microchip and notified the dog's owner.
"They told me that when a dog dies without wearing a collar, a waste disposal truck will come to pick it up and throw it the dump, pretty much," she said.
"They said they would dispose of it and would not check for microchipping.
"I couldn't even say anything back. I was fighting back tears.
"I believe it should have been checked for microchipping. Otherwise what's the point of microchipping a dog."
Along with feeling disgusted by the council's actions, Ms Braeckmans said she also felt let down.
"Without wanting to sound cruel, they (the dog's owner(s)) are liable, but that wasn't my main concern," she said.
In 2010, University of the Sunshine Coast engineering student Adam Beetham accused the council of heartlessness after it dumped the carcass of his dog in landfill without notifying him - despite its collar bearing a contact number.
Rocky, an 18-month-old labrador-staffy cross, was found dead beside a road on Birtinya Island.
The council blamed the incident on a "protocol breakdown" involving one of its contractors.
A spokesman said when council received advice that a domestic animal, cat or dog is deceased on public land, the first point of contact would be the waste contractor to collect the deceased animal.
"The contractor is required to make the observation whether the dog or cat is wearing a collar with attached registration tag. This is a requirement under the Animal Management Act (Cats and Dogs) 2008," he said.
"A call was received from police communications to council's after hours call centre at 2.10am on Sunday in relation to a deceased labrador that had been hit by a car and required collection.
"A further call was received at 3.06am requesting council provide the details of the deceased dog's owner for insurance purposes.
"For privacy reasons, council's customer contact staff are not able to provide such details."