Bob Wassens of Brooms Head with his three-year-old Labrador cross ?Katie? with burn marks across her back and ear.
Bob Wassens of Brooms Head with his three-year-old Labrador cross ?Katie? with burn marks across her back and ear.

Acid attack burns dog

By SALLY GORDON

BROOMS Head pensioner Bob Wassens has every right to be angry and upset.

At 2.30am last Saturday he woke to find his black beagle dog, named Katie, whimpering at the back door.

The small dog had patches of hair missing from her back, ear and down the back of her legs.

A distraught Mr Wassens claimed Katie's hair had been burnt off with caustic soda or some kind of battery acid.

Mr Wassens reported the incident to Maclean police on Saturday morning.

Police officially reported the incident but could not confirm whether a person was responsible or if the dog had brushed underneath something which had caused the burns.

Although Katie could still walk when Mr Wassens found her, he said she was in obvious pain.

"She was terrified, shaking and freaking out," he said.

"All her hair is burnt off, the hair looks like it was singed off and there are big holes in her coat everywhere," he said.

"It looked like caustic soda or something, because when it (caustic soda) goes off, it leaves a white crust and her back was virtually white and she's a black dog."

Mr Wassens told police that on the night of the incident Katie was outside the house in the yard and not on a leash.

"She doesn't bark, she's very quiet," he said.

"I'm devastated. I can't believe somebody would do that to a beautiful little dog."

Maclean police Sergeant Harley Willox said it appeared as though the dog's hair had been singed off by caustic soda or battery acid, but said there was nothing to indicate a person was responsible.

This is the third case of alleged animal cruelty in the Lower River since January this year.

Only recently a letter to the editor in The Daily Examiner described how a six-week old kitten had been struck on the head so hard, one of its eyes was forced out of the socket.



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