ACT Policing officers are working with the RSPCA as they investigate a distressing case in which two ten-week old puppies and an adult rescue dog were poisoned.
Australian kelpie rescue dog Red Dog and kelpie puppy Tanner died as a result of the crime. Tanner’s brother, Theo, was left critically ill but will survive the baiting, which took place between 8.30am and 4pm in Tepper Circuit, Kambah on November 4.
Charity Australian Working Dog Rescue had placed the three dogs in foster care while it sought permanent homes for them.
While an earlier report suggested they were seeking a suspect in relation to the incident, a spokesperson for ACT Policing said that was not the case.
“The boy has not been identified (he is not a suspect, as per the false report … which has since been corrected).”
Police do want to speak with a boy in his late teens who was in the area around midday on November 4 and may be able to assist police.
The boy is described as Caucasian in appearance with short brown hair and of a medium build. He was wearing a brown or red t-shirt, dark long pants and carrying a dark backpack.
ACT Policing is urging anyone who has any information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report via the website at act.crimestoppers.com.au. Provide reference number 5877800.
Under the Crimes Act 1900 (ACT), a person shall not lay any poison that endangers, or is likely to endanger, the life of any domestic animal or bird. Maximum penalty: $1000, imprisonment for 6 months or both.
An Australian Working Dog Rescue Facebook post calling for assistance had been shared more than 8000 times when we last looked, and commented on 2379 times. It features the image above of the dogs and reads:
“We have had a terrible incident occur in the ACT and wish for the public to know and assist us, the police, and RSPCA inspectors if they have any information that could help.
Three of our dogs in foster care have been baited (poisoned) in a deliberate attack. All the followers of this page will be familiar with. Red Dog, Tanner and Theo, of whom we have lost Red Dog and Tanner. Theo has survived after a very touch and go affair thanks to the quick thinking of our foster carers and the great work of our vets.
Information: The 3 dogs were baited in Tepper Cct, Kambah, ACT, 2902 on 04/11/2015
If you have any information in regards to sightings of unknown individuals in the area, or if you have heard any information that may lead to the knowledge of, or apprehension of the perpetrator(s) who has committed this vile act, deliberately killing our animals, then please contact S/CST Justin Alexander of Tuggeranong Patrol. Telephone:(02) 6256 7777 quoting Incident number: P1420168 or contact Catherine Croatto, Senior Inspector, RSPCA ACT on (02) 6287 8117.
Please help us get this information out by sharing and commenting (so it shows up in news feeds), both to alert people in the region of this sort of criminal activity going on so they can do more to keep their pets safe, and to help us find the person(s) who have committed this abhorrent act so we can bring them to justice!
Thank you to all in advance from Red Dog and Tanner.”