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Man charged with beating dog to death, Brunswick Heads

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A man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating his dog to death at Brunswick Heads.

Yesterday morning (November 28), police received information that the 51-year-old man had tortured his dog to death.

Police spoke to him at a community centre in the town before he led officers to the location where he had buried the dog, which was then exhumed by council rangers.

It is alleged the man had tied the dog to a tree and beat it over the head.

The man was then taken to Byron Bay police station where he was charged with aggravated cruelty upon an animal.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/


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  1. First they torture and kill an innocent creature. Then they move on to a human. The Anita Cobby rapists and murderers tortured kittens and a sheep before raping and murdering her. “For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of other living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. He who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Pythagoras

  2. The dog tied up to a tree and bashed to death was Rebel. He was a big white dog well known to Brunswick’s locals and often seen around the Community Centre and in the local foreshore parks. I never knew Rebel to show any signs or acts of aggression. Instead, I found him to be a gentle affectionate dog and as witnessed was very loyal to his owner.

    I am reminded of Jeremy Benthan’s 1824 statement, “It is not a matter of whether or not an animal can think or reason; it is a matter of whether then can suffer”. Rebel, a big dog would have suffered considerably before he actually died.

    Rebel was a voiceless sentient being whose ‘rights’ are recognised under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. I believe that Section 5 of the act applies. It provides a max/min penalty of $5,500 and/or up to 6 months in jail.

    It is important, amidst the justified emotion around this case, to remember that we have to trust in the rule of law.

    It will be up to the magistrate to weigh all of the evidence to make a decision and give reasons for that decision. The magistrate’s discretion will be contained within the maximum and minimum of what the legislation allows.

    Hopefully, the Echo will be reporting on the court decision?

  3. Anyone who is capable of this despicable and cowardly murder of their own pet is capable of far worse. I hope he rots in jail. He is not safe to be around decent members of the community.

  4. Hope the mongrel gets his Karma. I would like up for it! Was he on Ice!? Probably. Coz he hasn’t got any balls. That poor dog did not deserve that.

  5. Oh please this man grew up on a farm and has served in the Army for this country
    They were going around drugging dogs to keep the system going
    There was no Rangers on that day
    It is the quickest and most painless way to kill a dog who has been drugged courtesy of your local nutjobs (Racist Christians, JWs who sit on welfare)
    They owe him for protecting people from the dog they left with him that they had drugged


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