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

For Immediate Release:
17 December 2015

Melbourne – A 6-year-old dog named Wilbur was savagely stabbed to death in his backyard garden in Wheelers Hill (southeast of Melbourne) last week. Alberto Chavarria, Wilbur’s human, found him in a pool of blood on Wednesday night. He had 19 stab wounds to his head, and the vet was unable to revive him. Mr Chavarria said that everyone who knew Wilbur loved him – he had been trained as a sniffer dog but was considered “too friendly” for the job.

Police are looking into this barbaric crime but, as yet, no suspects have been identified. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and conviction of those responsible for this cruel act.

“It’s imperative that any community faced with a violent act such as the vicious stabbing of Wilbur take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice”, says PETA Australia Director of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again. We’re appealing to anyone with information about those responsible for this cruel crime to come forward now so that the perpetrator or perpetrators can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Aggravated cruelty to animals carries a penalty of more than $74,000 or two years imprisonment under the 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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