Charges laid af­ter dog shot

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.

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