Posted November 02, 2018 07:09:07 A family from Queensland’s north-west has been left devastated after their pet cat was killed by a homeowner who shot the cat while it was still inside.
Key points:The woman said she was in the process of removing a fence when she found the cat lying on the ground, and called policeThe man said he had to get out of the house to “protect his dog”The cat had been injured during a hunting trip and the woman called police to report it The woman, whose name is being withheld, said she had just removed a fence to remove a tree when she spotted the cat on the grass outside.
“I was sitting there in my garden and I saw it on the floor on the street.
I just saw it and called the police and I said I needed to get it out of there,” she said.”
They came and took it and took the dog out and put it in a car.”
The woman, who did not want to be named, said the man, who lives in the suburb of Baulkham Hills, was “shaking and moaning”.
“I think he was a bit scared because he’s had a few brushes with the law, so he didn’t want to go and shoot his dog,” she explained.
“The dog is still in the shed and he’s got his gun.”
The man has since been charged with two counts of murder and two counts each of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, recklessly endangering safety, and assault causing serious injury.
“It’s been pretty emotional for the family,” she added.
“When I first heard the news, I didn’t know how to react.
I was very emotional.”
The animal welfare organization Animal Justice Queensland said the incident highlighted the dangers of dog-fighting and that it urged people to “take their dogs into your hands when out on the town”.
“These tragic deaths demonstrate that the cruel and senseless practice of dog fighting is a growing menace that is killing and maiming pets,” the group said.
Animal Justice Queensland spokesman Richard Williams said that although he was not aware of the details of the case, it highlighted “how dangerous dog fighting can be”.
“It is clear that it is an ongoing problem and there is a need for stronger laws to prevent and punish it,” he said.
The ABC contacted the local police for a comment.
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