A KOALA has been savaged by a dog in Petrie and has had to be euthanased due to the severity of its injuries.
The attack happened at 2.30am, the RSPCA were called at 7.30 am.
RSPCA Qld's Senior Wildlife Veterinarian Dr Rebecca Millers said the death of the koala could have been prevented.
"It's just so sad because it was easily preventable," she said.
"We're urging everyone to keep their dogs inside at night time, particularly if they're in koala inhabited areas. We're also urging anyone who witnesses an attack to call 1300 ANIMAL immediately.
"This koala lay in pain for over five hours. If we'd got there sooner there is a chance he could have survived.
"This young male was about three years old and as such would have been coming into his first breeding season. He was fit and healthy and sadly that's not common in our rapidly dwindling koala population."
So far this year RSPCA Qld's Wildlife Hospital has taken in over 170 koalas and 25% of these have been the victims of dog attacks.
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