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Bonner man arrested for dog baiting

By Canfan - 7 July 2014 8

ACT Policing is seeking further witnesses or information relating to incidents of dog baiting after a 42 year-old Bonner man was arrested for animal baiting/poisoning on Friday (July 4).

Around 6pm the male offender was seen walking past the rear entrance of a Bonner residence and removing a number of meat balls, believed to contain Ratsak, from a small plastic bag before throwing them into the rear yard.

The owner of the residence noticed her dog sniffing one of the meat balls at the bottom of the back step and a cluster of other meat balls scattered throughout the backyard. The dog did not consume any of the meat balls and was unharmed.

The male offender was seen a short time later walking up an adjacent street where he was apprehended by police and taken to the ACT Watch House. He was charged with one count of ‘Lay poison for domestic animal/bird’.

The meat balls seized by police have been forwarded to AFP Forensics for analysis.

Around 8.50pm on Friday, July 4 two people attended the Gungahlin Police Station to report a similar but separate incident of ‘dog baiting’ that occurred on June 17. Further police enquiries are being conducted into that allegation.

Police are urging any members of the community who have any information relating to ‘dog baiting’ to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

Under the Crimes Act 1900, a person shall not lay any poison that endangers, or is likely to endanger, the life of any domestic animal or bird. Maximum penalty: $1 000, imprisonment for 6 months or both.

(ACT Policing Media Release)

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8 Responses to
Bonner man arrested for dog baiting
Pork Hunt 7:18 pm 11 Jul 14

Elf said :

Mmmm, wonder what motivates a person to do that?

Barking dogs will drive a person bonkers at night. Having said that, there are avenues to deal with such issues.

rosscoact 7:18 am 08 Jul 14

Wily_Bear said :

According to the media release, the meatballs in question are yet to be forensically analysed. Maybe the guy is simply a dog lover dispersing last night’s leftovers to the local pooches. But what the hell, let’s just go ahead and ascribe the worst possible motives to him before bothering to determine the facts.

I saw a photo of a meatball with what appeared to be ratsak in it a week or so before the arrest. I think it was on the My Gungahlin facebook page but I cant be sure.

If you think about it Police are unlikely to charge “a dog lover dispersing last night’s leftovers to the local pooches” so no, in this case you’re probably the one off the mark.

Wily_Bear 4:53 am 08 Jul 14

According to the media release, the meatballs in question are yet to be forensically analysed. Maybe the guy is simply a dog lover dispersing last night’s leftovers to the local pooches. But what the hell, let’s just go ahead and ascribe the worst possible motives to him before bothering to determine the facts.

gooterz 8:20 pm 07 Jul 14

bigfeet said :

The maximum penalty ($1000 or six months imprisonment) is far too low and needs to be revised.

Hopefully they do it per occurrence.
18 months and say $10000

shirty_bear 3:15 pm 07 Jul 14

Classy. And smart … not broad daylight, but 6pm ain’t dead of night, either.

But I do know the frustration of having a nearby mutt barking ENDLESSLY at NOTHING. Not supporting this perp’s approach, but I am a little surprised we don’t hear about this sort of thing more often.

Elf 2:25 pm 07 Jul 14

Mmmm, wonder what motivates a person to do that?

bigfeet 12:57 pm 07 Jul 14

The maximum penalty ($1000 or six months imprisonment) is far too low and needs to be revised.

Kim F 12:04 pm 07 Jul 14

Looking forward to the naming of this fine specimen of human depravity!

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