Group Hopes to Bring Person Responsible for Animal Abuse to Justice

For Immediate Release:
16 May 2013

Melbourne – A boxer dog named Maxie was shot in the head in Keysborough last month. Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the shooting.

Jamie Macgregor of Kirkham Road W. said he heard a shot about 7.15pm on April 5, and found Maxie yelping and covered in blood. “Maxie is a part of my family”, Macgregor told news sources. The dog is recovering from his injuries. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering up to $1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrators of this crime are at large, other animals – and human residents – might also be in danger. History shows that serial rapists and murderers often have histories of past incidents involving cruelty to animals. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Jeffrey Dahmer all started out by deliberately harming animals.

“Animal abusers are cowards”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them.”

Aggravated cruelty to animals carries a penalty of up to $70,000 or two years’ imprisonment under the Victorian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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