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Landlord faces animal cruelty charge, AVOs

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The case of a local man accused of shooting a pet dog in South Golden Beach with arrows has been held over until February 10.

Robert Bruce Stewart, a significant commercial landowner of multiple properties in Mullumbimby, appeared briefly in Byron Bay Local Court on Monday morning.

Bob Stewart’s lawyer argued that he had not yet had time to prepare his case, as the brief of evidence was not supplied until recently. Stewart will be pleading not guilty of the charge of committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal and recklessly beating and seriously injuring an animal.

Bucket was allegedly shot with an arrow by local resident Bob Stewart. Image supplied.

On the morning of December 6, 2019, police were called to a property on Canowindra Court, South Golden Beach, following reports that ten-month-old puppy, Bucket, was shot by arrows.

Residents from neighbouring properties took Bucket to a veterinarian in Billinudgel, who could not save the pet.

Multiple Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) against Stewart, five in all, will also be heard on 10 February. Interim AVO orders are already in place. Stewart was escorted from the court by two sheriffs.

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  1. This man should get life! He took one and next will be a child or someone else. Only a truly sick and disturbed man could commit such an act of violence on an innocent baby animal.


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