Colac police have charged a man with aggravated cruelty after he allegedly committed a “disgusting and inhumane” act killing a dog.
Senior Constable Tess McManus said a Colac man aged between 20 and 22 years old allegedly killed a fox terrier dog with a chainsaw in April at a Colac property.
Sen Const McManus said police believed the man had two female accomplices who were Colac residents aged 20 to 22 years old who were allegedly involved in the act.
She said she believed an unknown offender filmed the incident and had shared the video.
Sen Const McManus said police charged the man with aggravated animal cruelty and that he would appear in court at a later date.
She said anyone with information regarding the incident should contact Colac police on 5230 0000 or make an anonymous report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Victoria western region team leader Sharna Fitt said RSPCA was not involved in the investigation but “any deliberate cruelty towards any animal is sickening”.
RSPCA is a non-government, community-based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection.
“Anyone found guilty of aggravated cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act faces fines up to $77,730 or two years’ imprisonment,” Ms Fitt said.
“Anyone who has concerns for the welfare of an animal can contact RSPCA Victoria at rspcavic.org or call 9224 2222.”
RSPCA received 63 cruelty reports in the Colac Otway Shire in 2015-16, which ranked the region 52nd out of 79 Victorian local council areas.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.