It’s a common image on social media and ad sites like Gumtree – “Free dog to good home”.
When Trixie’s owner could no longer care for her, he gave her away for free to what he thought was a “good home”.
The man in his late twenties advertised his six-month-old staffy/rottweiler cross on a Facebook sale page, but after the new owners collected Trixie, they immediately blocked the previous owner on the site.
A fortnight later, Trixie turned up at a Bundaberg pound with a severely swollen face and horrific facial injuries, after being found as a stray dog by the local council’s animal control team.
“Always go through a rescue group or shelter… you never can be sure who you are giving your precious pet to otherwise!” the rescue group who collected Trixie from the pound wrote.
“She [Trixie] has already seen the absolute horrors this world has to offer,” they added.
“We cannot even fathom the horror and pain this girl endured in those 2 weeks after she was given to a ‘good home’.”
From looking at the state of Trixie’s injuries, the rescue believes Trixie was used as a ‘bait dog’ to train fighting dogs.