Threat to kill fam­ily pets

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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