Community rallies to save pensioner’s dog from pound
A RANDOM act of kindness from three women has helped an elderly man reunite with his four-legged best friend after he escaped from his yard.
Last week, Bill the dog ended up at the pound after he wandered a "little further than what he was supposed to" from his neighbourhood.
Last Monday night, the Queensland Lost Pet Register posted Bill's mugshot on Facebook, and within minutes the impounded puppy was recognised by neighbour Kathryn Crook.
"I recognised the dog because we often see him go for a walk around our neighbourhood," Ms Crook said.
"We used to go and pat him on his walks, he does come home everyday.
"It was just the case where Bill was too curious and went a little further than what he was supposed to."
Ms Crook told Bill's elderly owner, Kevin, and decided she would help return the dog after the man revealed he couldn't afford Bill's bail.
"The man lives by himself, and I thought to myself, well there were times where I've had to get my dog out of the pound," Ms Crook said.
"It was just about looking out for each other.
"I jokingly said the dog got himself in jail."
Queensland Lost Pet Register volunteer Josie Carr said two other women, Paulla Eveille-Coleman and Miluna Budsky, offered to chip in for Bill's release as well.
"No sooner had Kathyrn said she would help, a couple of our regular followers said they would chip in," Ms Carr said.
"The poor pensioner would not have been able to afford it and he would have lost his companion. He was very grateful to the people that helped him out.
"This year has been a bad one for a lot of people and I think this just gets to show the Gladstone community spirit."
Ms Crook said Kevin would be keeping a tighter leash on his Houdini dog in the future.
"He said he will keep the dog inside, he was very happy to have Bill back," she said.
"I was very privileged to be a part of this little adventure."