Charges laid after dog shot
A man has been charged after allegedly shooting dead a dog at a camping ground on the Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome.
Police allege the 22-year-old from Kununurra fired two rounds from a .243 high-calibre rifle after two stray dogs wandered into the Gumbanan Wilderness Retreat at One Arm Point last Thursday morning.
A camper and the caretaker called police after hearing shots fired.
The man has been bailed to appear at the Dampier Peninsula Magistrate’s Court on October 24 for allegedly discharging a firearm to the danger of the public and using a firearm on land without the owner’s consent.
Senior Sergeant Todd Carrington said the man allegedly shot the animal after becoming concerned for the safety of his own two dogs.
He said police, in consultation with the RSPCA, decided to charge him in relation to shooting the animal. Officers seized the rifle and a shotgun that were licensed to the man.
Sen. Sgt Carrington said a magistrate had the power to confiscate the weapons. No one has claimed the animal, which was buried by the man before police arrived at the scene.