UPDATE: AN RSPCA investigator said it appeared likely Max, the dog who was found hanging on a Palmerin St fence yesterday, was likely the victim of a tragic accident.

Police said initial indications suggested the dog may have met with foul play but RSPCA Inspector for Darling Downs Region Shawn Jansen said he had reviewed all of the evidence.

"I also interviewed the property owner, the dog owner, the council workers that attended the scene as well as the neighbours of the property where the dog was found and I could find no evidence of an offence in relation to this matter," he said.

"It appears that this was a terrible accident rather than a deliberate or cruel act.

"It's likely that the dog, Max, became trapped in the colonial style picket fence while trying to jump out of the yard and as result died an horrific death."

With over 10 years' experience with the RSPCA Mr Jansen said he has attended a number of similar incidents whereby an animal has been caught in a fence and, while tragic, this type of incident is not unheard of.

"While we may never actually know what happened, it seems it was most likely misadventure," he said.

"I spoke with the owner who also had an opportunity to visit the scene, and view photographs and he is convinced Max met with a horrible and unfortunate accident, given his boisterous nature and keenness to chase other animals.

"The owner said is was more than likely that Max had gone into the yard after a cat and accidentally got caught in the fence trying to get out."

The dog was taken away and disposed of by council officers.

Mr Jansen said Warwick didn't have a resident RSPCA officer.

"Despite the fact I am in Toowoomba, I can still utilise resources in Warwick in the case of an emergency - like the local police and council," Mr Jansen said.

"So if we had have received a call that the dog was in distress and stuck in the fence, the duty officer taking the call would have done everything he could to make sure the dog was attended to immediately.

"It is unfortunate we don't have the luxury of being able to on the ground in every town at a moment's notice."

Mr Jansen also said in circumstances where it was clear an offence had taken place, he could have asked the council to have a vet examine the animal further.

"The matter will remain open, so if anyone hears of or receives any information that might further assist the investigation please don't hesitate to call the RSPCA on 1300 852 188," he said.
 

UPDATE: A Warwick man is grieving the loss of his pet dog, after a postman discovered the animal's body hanging from a fence yesterday morning.

Both of the dog's paws were wedged between pickets of the fence at an unoccupied Palmerin St property.

Police said initial indications suggested the dog was purposely hung on the fence but other explanations were being explored.

The dog's owner Anthony Mackeen said he took to Facebook early yesterday morning to report his beloved pet's disappearance.

"He's got out a few times, but he always comes back," he said."I stayed up all night, walking the streets in the freezing cold looking for him.

"I feel responsible because I've pulled him from the freedom of the farm and brought him to the city."

Mr Mackeens' step-daughter, Chelsea-Jayd Taylor plays with Max.
Mr Mackeens' step-daughter, Chelsea-Jayd Taylor plays with Max.

Mr Mackeen said he'd been living in Warwick a couple of weeks after moving from New South Wales.

"You just can't put the city into a country dog," he said.

"I noticed he was missing about dusk, his dinner time; usually the time he'd head off to chase roos on the property."

The story took a further grim turn when comments on his Facebook post about midday yesterday gave Mr Mackeen false hope.

"Someone said they'd seen him about lunchtime, so that got my hopes up," he said.

"He's okay, he's alive, he'll get home.

"But he's not coming home." Mr Mackeen said, choking back tears.

Mr Mackeen said he hoped this was all an accident.

"But Max was a dog that can jump 2.5 metres up on to a trailer filled with hay bales so...." he said.

"I don't have any enemies, I'd rule out someone trying to hurt me," he said.

"But has someone done this to my dog?"

Goomburra painter Paul Parker was working at the property when he was alerted to the horrific scene by the postman.

He told the Daily News he was shocked by what he saw.

"He would have been there for a while, the poor bugger," he said.

"You can see the blood on the fence where he had been struggling.

"Whoever did this shouldn't be here."

A Southern Downs Regional Council employee was tasked with removing the dog yesterday morning.

Warwick police officer-in-charge Jamie Deacon said police stayed on the scene until SDRC Animal Control arrived.

"Whilst it did appear that the dog was purposely hung there, police could not conclusively determine this was the case or whether the dog had by some freak accident become lodged in the fence by itself," he said.

"Anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious near the southern end of Palmerin St, near Locke St last night, please contact Warwick Police or the RSPCA."

Shaun Jansen from RSPCA in Toowoomba said an investigation was under way.

"It's either misadventure, meaning the dog has got themselves stuck there, or someone has committed a cruel act," he said.

"We're waiting on photographs from the SDRC to determine which."In the meantime, if anyone has any further information, Anyone with information that could help please contact the police or the RSPCA.

UPDATE: Early indications suggest a dog found hanging from a Palmerin St fence early this morning, may have been hung there on purpose. 

Warwick police officer-in-charge Jamie Deacon said police were still investigating other explanations.

"Whilst it did appear that the dog was purposely hung there, police could not conclusively determine this was the case or whether the dog had by some freak accident become lodged in the fence by itself," he said.

"Anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious near the southern end of Palmerin St, near Locke St last night, please contact Warwick Police or the RSPCA."

The gruesome scene at a residence in Warwick
The gruesome scene at a residence in Warwick

BREAKING: A postman made a grim discovery this morning when he found the body of a dog hanging from a Warwick fence.

Both of the dog's paws were wedged between pickets of the fence at the unoccupied property.

It is unclear at this stage how the medium-sized black dog became stuck and whether people were involved.

Goomburra painter Paul Parker was working at the property when he was alerted to the horrific scene by the postman.

He told the Daily News he was shocked by what he saw.

"He would have been there for a while, the poor bugger," he said.

"You can see the blood on the fence where he had been struggling.

"Whoever did this shouldn't be here."

A Southern Downs Regional Council employee was tasked with removing the dog this morning.

Warwick police are investigating the matter and have been contacted for comment.


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