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)