Graphic images have surfaced of a dog who was tied to a sledgehammer and dumped in the water in Wonnerup, near Busselton.
PETA Australia is offering up to $5,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of anyone who may have been responsible for this horrific crime.
Because animals cannot report abuse and can do little to fight back, they’re often used as “practice” victims by those who tend towards violence.
Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit acts of cruelty against animals often go on to commit violent acts against their fellow humans. As long as the perpetrator of this crime is at large, other animals – including humans – might also be in danger.
Cruelty to animals in Western Australia carries a penalty of up to $50,000 or five years’ imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.