DOG DAYS: Sally Rogers with one of the dingo pups at Happy Paws.
DOG DAYS: Sally Rogers with one of the dingo pups at Happy Paws. Adam Hourigan Photography

Dingo pups find sanctuary

BROCK and Tuka are a little bit different to the animals Happy Paws Haven usually takes on.

The dingo pups are the newest additions at the Eatonsville no-kill animal shelter, having made their way to Happy Paws Haven owner Sally Rogers a couple of weeks ago.

Nine-week-old Brock was found near his dead mother at Ramornie, and fellow orphan, 13-week-old Tuka was sent down from Queensland to keep Brock company.

"The farmer who found Brock brought him directly to me and said I don't know what to do about this, so I took him," Ms Rogers said.

"I checked with WIRES to make sure it was alright for me to take him, and then contacted several dingo sanctuary places and asked them what to do.

"They were the ones who organised for Tuka to come down."

Housed separately from the other dogs at the moment, Ms Rogers said they were both naturally very timid but quite good-natured.

"The little one, because it's smaller, is less scared than the slightly older one," she said.

Ms Rogers said the plan for their futures depended on the results of DNA testing currently being run by the University of New South Wales, which could take up to six weeks to get a result.

If their level of purity is more than 65-70%, they will be sent to a sanctuary where they can help increase the population.

If not, they'll be de-sexed and a plan will be put in place to domesticate them and home them in an appropriate environment.



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