Threat to kill family pets
A PORT Douglas family is deeply upset after receiving a letter from someone threatening to kill their two 15-month- old border collies last week.
Fireman Rene Bishop was away training in Cairns when his wife arrived home late on Wednesday night from the gym and opened the mail to discover the letter which read: “Shut your f***ing dogs up or suffer what happens to them.”
Rene was at a training course in Cairns when his wife called to tell him about the threat.
“My wife was pretty shaken by this threat and I was upset later because at first I just couldn’t believe someone could do this,” Rene said.
“I took the offensive letter to Damian Meadows at the Port Douglas police station and showed it to him.
“He couldn’t believe it either because Damian himself is a dog lover but he said if people had a problem with any noisy dogs they should knock on the person’s door concerned or call the police but certainly not revert to threats like this - it’s very upsetting.
“I know barking dogs can be upsetting to people if they are making a noise all day - dogs bark, that’s what they do but our collies really did not make that much noise and certainly enough to warrant getting this type of nasty and cowardly letter sent to us.”
The dogs at the centre of this are 15-month- old female border collies Kura and Whitey.
The couple were so upset at the nasty threat to kill their dogs that they have fitted them with “barking collars”.
“This is the last thing we wanted but they do keep them quiet and that’s a better option then living in fear of someone carrying out their threat to kill our pets,” Rene said.
BARKING MAD: dog owner Rene Bishop