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A family has lost their beloved pet after it was allegedly shot by a neighbour in South Golden Beach. The owner of the dog was out but the man’s sister and her two-year-old son were home alone when the dog was hit by an arrow.

Police say a man has been charged after shooting the puppy with a longbow.

About 8am last Friday (6 December), police were called to the property on Canowindra Court, South Golden Beach following reports a ten-month-old puppy ‘Bucket’ was shot.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District were told a man had fired three arrows at Bucket, with the third arrow striking the puppy in the back.

Kris paid tribute to his friend on the weekend.

Residents in neighbouring properties took Bucket to the veterinarian in Billinudgel.

The dog’s owner Kris Thompson says he was walking to the lighthouse in Byron when he received a call from his family.

Mr Thomson said when he arrived at the vet he was told that his friend would need to be put to sleep. ‘We got ten minutes with Bucket before they euthanaised him,’ says Kris.

‘This has absolutely destroyed me,’ he said. ‘It’s devastating for our whole family – Bucket was such a lovely dog playing with my nephews. He was such a wonderful family pet.’

The vet treating Bucket was Stephen Van Mil.

Bucket arrived at the clinic right after being shot.

Bucket had a lot of bleeding and he had to be carried into the clinic. On examination the wound was located at the spine just behind the last ribs. He had no sensation in his hind legs and was unable to move them at all.

Bucket was given some pain relief and sedation. X-rays were then performed and the arrow head could clearly be seen where it had smashed into his spine resulting in him not being able to use his back legs at all.

This type of catastrophic injury meant that Bucket would always remain paralysed – to save him from suffering and a poor quality of life he had to be euthanaised.

The Billinudgel staff said that Bucket was a lovely dog who had been a regular at the clinic and it was a tragedy for him to die in such a horrific way at such a young age.

Mr Thompson said he has been overwhelmed by the response of the folk who live at South Golden Beach. ‘What has been amazing has been the community support. I can’t thank people enough.’

Police spoke to a 59-year-old man at the scene and he was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station.

The man was charged with commit an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal and recklessly beat and seriously injure an animal.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Monday, 13 January, 2020.


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  1. Why don’t you name the person who allegedly did this?
    The information is public knowledge for anyone asking at the courthouse I assume.
    Maybe someone else will do that, and feed the info back here?

    • He should not have got bail. To deliberately shoot a dog in an enclosed yard is so evil that this fiend is capable of more irrational violence. What if a happy dog came and licked him?

      Given the high correlation between cruelty to animals and to humans, this guy may be a danger to people as well.

  2. This is disgusting and sickening. Wanton cruelty to animals again and again (as with the case of the wolfhound pup) he couldnt even make a clean kill.
    The criminals in this country are so used to tiny slaps and a few weeks at their favourite resorts.
    Obviously this is neither deterring or even really punishing these people.

    why do we have maximum sentences if they are never used?
    We worms have turned.

    Justice must be served.

  3. Why was this asshole given bail.
    Endorse the law ,jail this sick [email protected]$4ard because who knows what is next.
    The justice system is so God dam stuffed , our judges need to grow some balls and serve his justice very hard so these sicko’s know they cannot commit this crime and get away with it. No mental issues as an excuse , this man knew what he did

  4. What is wrong with someone who deliberately fires 3 arrows at a family pet and in front of other people.This man should not have been released on bail. Let him suffer locked away from his family as the family of Bucket now is suffering by the cruelty of his disgusting actions.

  5. Why? There is obviously never any good reason…
    I have to wonder why. Target practice? Drugs?
    Mental illness? Alcohol? Didn’t like the smell of the beautiful hairy.. grudge with neighbours.. Whatever it is it equates to a high dose of insanity.
    Are longbows legal? Why? How is it people are holding these weapons in domestic, suburban homes? No good reason for violence of any kind to any species. It is unacceptable but more than that… it’s just ooo poor baby. That’s just so mean. I very very sad to see these crazies living in our local areas.
    Have to wonder what else this fella has been up to.

    I agree with Anton… please love all beings & species. We are privileged to have the amazing group of sentient individuals on this lovely planet in so many different kinds of skin.
    All beings have the right to live & exist in love & respect. All invited… all have the right to be here & the right to live in freedom & harmony, in the same way we have those rights. Supposedly..,,

    Very sorry for the family. For this beautiful shiny hairy boy with the sweet grin & sparkly eyes.

    The punishment for this type of offence needs to match the horrendous violence. Lock the fella up. Target practice on living beings is such a low level of predator. There has to be something quite off with this person.

    Again.. what the hell is someone doing walking round South Golden Beach with a longbow?

  6. Most of the comments show little empathy for the mental abuse that can be caused by untrained and neglected aninals barking from dogs (especially pups left alone in distress). Why should neighbors suffer at the hands of irresponsible pet owners, when most us with dogs do the right thing?
    Reform is needed.
    If you want to leave pets starved of attention move onto acerage and see what the local farmer might do when your dog distresses his cattle. No long bows, just a plain bullet. See how much wildlife is killed by your dog. There should be a licence and test requirement for pet owners (like a car licence) to see if they understand that people (neighbors) have right of way! And to further assess if they understand the law well enough to comply with the its law termed ‘The Right to Peaceful Emjoyment’. As an animal lover I am genuinely sorry for the pup, but the hate mentality from most of the comments puts you in the ‘pack of wolves’ basket.
    People who dont train, exercise or give their snimals adequate attention should not subject neighbors to the unstable barking nuisance.
    The owner has some questions to ask hinself.
    What did he NOT DO to appease his neighbor?


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