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Advice sought to investigate dog bashing in Canberra?

By Ledanta - 24 October 2013 67

Last week my dog was brutally kicked.  The injuries resulted in the dog having to be euthenased.  The event occured in my backyard.  We are able to get a written document from the vet stating that in her opinion, the dog’s injuries were consistent with being kicked.

I called the police and reported the incident.  They advised me that without any evidence, the incident would be informally recorded.  At the point evidence was found, it could be formally documented.

I have surveyed the neighbours to see if anyone had seen or heard anything.  One neighbour said that he heard dogs barking in the morning.  Another said that he heard dogs barking and then a yelping dog.  Other than that, I am at a loss.

I am suspicious of one of my neighbours.  He has been yelling profanities over the fence at the dogs, particularly when they are barking.  This has been going on for some months.  He had also complained to me a little while back and I suggested that the dogs were barking at possums.  He went out of his way to set a possum trap, catching a possum and relocating it.  After doing so, he confronted me in a very aggressive manner about the dogs continuing to bark.

I am wondering if anyone could advise me of possible courses of action.  I believe a crime has been committed, but am unable to get any help.

What’s Your opinion?


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Advice sought to investigate dog bashing in Canberra?
IrishPete 2:42 pm 24 Oct 13

FB said :

Zeital said :

I know this sounds bad but have you thought about why your dogs are parking so much?

Dam that’s one smart dog. I thought my sister dog was smart because it can play dead and fetch a ball but a dog that can park a car. Thats talent.

But seriously there isn’t much that can be done without evidence.

poetix said :

This is awful. I have no real suggestions about the crime aspect. At the very least the neighbours should be interviewed. Hard to believe that someone would kick a dog like that; and a real worry.

Without evidence it’ll be the shortest police invterview ever

Cop.. Did you kick your neighbours dog?
Neighbour.. Nope!
Cop.. Ok then!

Cop-out.

How about this scenario – Cop: Did you kick your neighbours dog? Neighbour: Yes, it was annoying the hell out of me. Cop: you’re nicked. Some people are that stupid, so they should at least ask.

IP

Rollersk8r 2:33 pm 24 Oct 13

Affirmative Action Man said :

Sorry to hear about what happened to your dog but some yapping dogs can drive you to your wits end.
In the past I’ve considered shooting/poisoning/kidnapping a dog that was driving us mad from its barking but fortunately the owners & dog moved away.

Ditto. Sorry to hear about that – and I’m an animal lover – but barking really can drive you mad.

Next door neighbour had a blue heeler, always barked, never walked. Finally died of old age and neighbour flat out accused us of killing it. Quickly replaced with a labrador, which always barked and was never walked. Obviously got too much and they gave it away. Only to be replaced with a pomeranian, which always barks, is never ever walked.

Robertson 2:28 pm 24 Oct 13

People working nightshift are especially vulnerable to the results of neglectful dog owners.

The advice to “contact the proper authorities” is not very good. If the owner has been told but refuses to do anything about it, you can’t rely on the government so you need to take personal responsibility and sort it out yourself.
Kicking it to death wouldn’t be my chosen method, nor even baiting – much better to entice it into your car with a nice juicy offcut, then take it for a drive somewhere far away.

Affirmative Action M 1:44 pm 24 Oct 13

Sorry to hear about what happened to your dog but some yapping dogs can drive you to your wits end.
In the past I’ve considered shooting/poisoning/kidnapping a dog that was driving us mad from its barking but fortunately the owners & dog moved away.

funbutalsoserious 1:37 pm 24 Oct 13

Sorry to hear about your loss of your doggy friend.

I am a fellow dog owner and also a person that hates listening to neighbours dogs constantly bark during the late hours of the night.
I do not condone what someone has done to your dog, however if people had raised concerns to you about your dog, rather than lay blame at outside influences (i.e. possum), maybe you should have taken action to remedy the situation.

FB 1:27 pm 24 Oct 13

Zeital said :

I know this sounds bad but have you thought about why your dogs are parking so much?

Dam that’s one smart dog. I thought my sister dog was smart because it can play dead and fetch a ball but a dog that can park a car. Thats talent.

But seriously there isn’t much that can be done without evidence.

poetix said :

This is awful. I have no real suggestions about the crime aspect. At the very least the neighbours should be interviewed. Hard to believe that someone would kick a dog like that; and a real worry.

Without evidence it’ll be the shortest police invterview ever

Cop.. Did you kick your neighbours dog?
Neighbour.. Nope!
Cop.. Ok then!

Madam Cholet 1:11 pm 24 Oct 13

Solidarity said :

Sure you can have all the evidence in the world saying that the dog was kicked, but with nothing linking the guy to the attack well… What else do you want the police etc to do? Approach the guy? What do you expect him to say?

God I hate yap yap dogs though. There is one near our house, constant yapping. Have spoken to the owner twice, nothing has changed. I’m not sure what else can be done.

I’ve written on RAS about this issue before as we went through it with a neighbour. You can deal with Animal Services for what it’s worth, although we found them next to no use, until I went to the Minister – who at the time was John Stanhope. Got sorted soon after when the neighbour gave up his dog to DAS. Probably was euthanised poor bugger, but by that stage, I was over it. We have a dog, but he has access to the house and outside during the day and spends most of his time snoozing.

We do have yappy dogs on the other side of us whose owners refuse to believe that they bark. I frequently record them using my phone in preparation for the day (possibly the next time they leave them for two weeks over Xmas), when I finally have enough. if someone played you several recordings of your dogs barking and then said they were going to take the evidence to animal services you might be more inclined to take note.

JazzyJess 12:46 pm 24 Oct 13

Oh I am so sorry for your loss. How awful for you to not know what happened. I hope you and your dog get some justice.

damien haas 12:32 pm 24 Oct 13

my neighbours had a dog that barked all the time they weren’t there. when they were there, they never walked it or let it inside. i couldn’t use my garage during the day because of the noise. I decided to bribe the dog with smackos. every time it barked i would stick my head over the fence and talk to it, then throw it a smacko. the barking eventually stopped. cost me about three bags of smackos. then the neighbours put an ad in the paper ‘moving overseas, dog free to good home’. well, they are still there but the dog is gone.

IrishPete 12:30 pm 24 Oct 13

poetix said :

This is awful. I have no real suggestions about the crime aspect. At the very least the neighbours should be interviewed. Hard to believe that someone would kick a dog like that; and a real worry.

Perhaps you need to keep your other dog(s) inside for the moment, if that is possible.

and set up a camera in your back yard. A couple of hundred bucks from somewhere like Dick Smith. Much as I hate barking dogs (mine don’t) for someone to enter your property and kick and kill your dog is a bit over the top.

IP

poetix 11:49 am 24 Oct 13

This is awful. I have no real suggestions about the crime aspect. At the very least the neighbours should be interviewed. Hard to believe that someone would kick a dog like that; and a real worry.

Perhaps you need to keep your other dog(s) inside for the moment, if that is possible.

Zeital 11:20 am 24 Oct 13

I know this sounds bad but have you thought about why your dogs are parking so much? Could the reason be as simple as they are not getting enough exercise? If they are barking all day out of boredom I can see why people would be getting annoyed with them. Don’t get me wrong I have a dog myself and I am not justifying attacking animals because that is very wrong and that person whoever they are needs help but dogs just don’t bark constantly for no reason.

Solidarity 11:13 am 24 Oct 13

Sure you can have all the evidence in the world saying that the dog was kicked, but with nothing linking the guy to the attack well… What else do you want the police etc to do? Approach the guy? What do you expect him to say?

God I hate yap yap dogs though. There is one near our house, constant yapping. Have spoken to the owner twice, nothing has changed. I’m not sure what else can be done.

vet111 10:54 am 24 Oct 13

First up, I’m so sorry to hear about your dog – that’s absolutely terrible.

I would consider that the document from the vet would be considered evidence – it is evidence that an incident of animal cruelty occurred, and therefore should be investigated. It may be worth speaking to the police again, or even contacting the RSPCA to see if they can offer any assistance.

I’d also like to make a comment before anyone else starts about the dog barking. Barking dogs are bloody annoying, and responsible pet owners should do everything within their power to prevent their animals being a nuisance to others (be they dogs barking, cats going in yards, roosters crowing at the crack of dawn). However, there is never an excuse for animal cruelty – if the dog barking was the reason for this vicious attack, the perpetrator should have reported it to the authorities as opposed to taking these actions. There is never any excuse for injuring a defenceless animal.

Again, my sympathies. I hope you find the bastard.

RandomPoster 10:30 am 24 Oct 13

RSPCA animal cruelty? Keep going back to the cops until they are prepared to do something?

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