Man on charges for dog bash­ing

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AN IN­N­IS­FAIL man’s ac­tions have be la­belled “to­tally un­ac­cept­able” by the RSPCA after he al­legedly used a sledge­ham­mer to strike a neigh­bour’s dog on the head.

At 10am yes­ter­day, a dog en­tered the yard of an Oak Street prop­erty at Goondi Bend and twice at­tacked a dog at the ad­dress.

It will be al­leged the 25year-old Goondi Bend man then hit the dog, which was se­ri­ously in­jured.

The in­jured dog was lo­cated by an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers.

It’s be­lieved they trans­ported the pet to Coral Coast Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices for ur­gent med­i­cal care.

The dog un­der­went surgery and re­mains in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

The man is sched­uled to ap­pear in the In­n­is­fail Mag­is­trates Court on Novem­ber 27, charged with se­ri­ous an­i­mal cru­elty.

An RSCPA spokesman said the case was a po­lice mat­ter and the charge laid car­ried a max­i­mum penalty of seven years un­der the crim­i­nal code.

He said at this stage the RSCPA was not in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but would as­sist po­lice if re­quested.

“It’s to­tally un­ac­cept­able,” the spokesman said.

“With pre­med­i­tated cru­elty, such as this ap­pears to be, the links be­tween an­i­mal cru­elty and se­vere vi­o­lence to­ward hu­mans down the track has been proven in dif­fer­ent stud­ies through­out the western world.”

The re­cent in­ci­dent is the sec­ond sus­pected case of se­ri­ous an­i­mal cru­elty in the area in two months.

A 62-year-old Goondi Bend man was charged on Septem­ber 9, after al­legedly trap­ping a neigh­bour’s cat be­fore then dous­ing it in petrol and set­ting it alight.


LONG WAY UP: The "Ar­row Ex­pe­ri­ence" will al­low par­tic­i­pants to walk the four ar­row tracks over a morn­ing. Cris­tine Phipps, above, from Edge Hill on the Red Ar­row.

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