Group Hopes to Bring Person or Persons Responsible for Appalling Cruelty to Justice

For Immediate Release:
11 April 2014

Perth – A dog named Sheber had her legs snapped by vicious thugs who broke into her house in the Perth suburb of Camillo on Wednesday morning. Sheber, a dingo-kelpie cross who had lived with the family for 15 years, was left screaming in agony with two of her legs broken after barking at the burglars as they jumped the fence into her garden. The perpetrator or perpetrators of this attack have not been found. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime.

Because animals cannot report their own abuse and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect “practice” victims for those who tend towards violence.

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 – including humans – 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; John Travers (the ringleader of the gang that raped and killed Anita Cobby) and 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. “We’re appealing to anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for this cruel act to come forward so that the perpetrators can be put where they belong: in jail.”

Cruelty to animals carries a penalty of up to $50,000 or five years’ imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 1300 777 222.

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