Vet's plea: Stop dropping off injured animals
TOOWOOMBA vet Dr Bob Doneley is pleading with residents to stop dropping sick and injured animals at his former surgery.
His call comes after making a grisly discovery at the back gate of his vacated building at the corner of West and South Sts.
Samaritans with good intentions had dropped off an injured possum in a box.
However, they may not have realised the surgery had been vacant for months.
The animal was dead when Dr Doneley found it last week.
It had been three days since his last visit and was saddened the possum had met such a painful demise.
He has owned the vet surgery since 1988 and sold the business and leased the building to other vets in 2010.
Those vets moved to another premises in September, leaving the South St practice empty.
It is now being prepared for sale.
"I'm in and out on a frequent but irregular basis," Dr Doneley said.
Apart from the possum, he had also found a few injured birds in the past few months.
"Wildlife cases that are left here will die, unless they are very lucky.
A vet surgery sign still stands at the entrance of the carpark.
Dr Doneley said he had asked the owners of the business to remove the sign but it hadn't happened yet.
He called on people to make sure they contacted vets or the RSPCA before dropping off injured animals.
"Don't just drop it at the vet's back door thinking they will get it when they get into work.
"It was very sad to find this possum, in this heat."