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15 June 2012

The RSPCA is investigating the dumping of a German Shepherd, found locked in a bird cage on

the side of a road at Blakeview.

Council workers were called to a deserted section of Bentley Road just before 8am today, and

took the dog to the Animal Welfare League, which alerted the RSPCA.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Inspector Simon Richards said it’s not known how long the dog had been in the

galah cage, which was on its side under a tree.

“To lock a large dog of roughly 25 to 30 kilograms in cage this size, so that he can’t even turn

around, with no water, is absolutely disgusting,” he said.

“I can’t recall an animal being dumped in this manner. It would have been incredibly stressful for

him.

“There is no excuse for it. If people don’t want an animal they should take it to a shelter, where it

has a very real chance of being rehabilitated and finding a home.”

The RSPCA has seized custody of the dog while it investigates who is responsible. If caught, the

culprit faces a maximum two years behind bars or $20,000 fine.

Mr Richards said the dog was currently too stressed and aggressive to handle, so is yet to be

checked for a microchip.

He was found with a pink rope tied around his neck. The same type of rope was used to tie up

the cage, which measures approximately 70cm x 70cm x 90cm.

“We’re urging anyone who recognizes the dog or who has information about this crime to

contact the RSPCA,” Mr Richards said.

“All information will be treated confidentially.”

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