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Koala Death "Was Preventable"

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RSPCA Queensland are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a koala following a dog attack in a suburban backyard in Brisbane earlier this week.

A spokes person from RSPCA told Bondi Vet Online: "The attack happened at 2:30am but the dog’s owners didn’t call the RSPCA until 7:30am

The three-year-old male koala had to be put down as a result of its injuries; The RSPCA maintains the death of the koala was preventable and its life may have been saved if wildlife authorities or a vet had been contacted earlier.

RSPCA told us that there had been 170 koalas brought into the RSPCA Queensland Wildlife Hospital so far this year with a quarter of that number a result of dog attacks.

"The message is very clear," Mr Beatty from RSPCA Queensland said, "Animals need to be contained at night in koala habitat areas."

The RSPCA urges all residents to report koala injuries as soon as possible and for dog owner’s to ensure the safety of native animals.

Animal emergencies can be reported at any time on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).