An adorable sausage dog named Gus who requires an urgent medical cancer treatment was turned away at the Queensland border because of COVID-19 restrictions.
The 12-year-old miniature dachshund needed surgery for an oral melanoma which doctors feared could spread to his chest and lungs.
His loving owner Amelia Fidler, who lives with Gus in Tasmania, was told she could book in for Gus' operation in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.
She told Daily Mail Australia that it made sense to make the trip up to Queensland because her mother-in-law lived there.
Ms Fidler and her partner decided to take the ferry to Sydney on the Spirit of Tasmania and then drove up to Queensland, but were stopped short at the border.
The 12-year-old miniature dachshund needed surgery for an oral melanoma which doctors feared could spread to his chest and lungs
His loving owner Amelia Fidler, who lives with Gus in Tasmania, was told she could book in for Gus' operation in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane
Ms Fidler opted to have Gus' treatment in Queensland as her mother-in-law was there
'I didn't realise the whole of Sydney was a hotspot,' she said.
'If the New South Wales map with the hotspot areas was the first thing you saw when loading the page I would never have stayed there.
'I understand it's completely my fault that I didn't understand... Queensland could have made it much easier.'
Desperate to get Gus to his appointment on time, Ms Fidler went on Facebook to find someone willing to drive him from Tweed Heads, a north-eastern town in NSW, to Brisbane in Queensland.
'I am in a dire situation,' she wrote on Monday.
'I have just driven from Tasmania (via the ferry) through NSW to the border to be turned around and not granted access to QLD due to me making a mistake with COVID hotspot areas.
'The reason we have done 24 hours of driving is because my miniature dachshund needs urgent medical radiation treatment for an oral melanoma that is growing at a rapid state (radiation