Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Not disclosed, Male-65 stabbed his doe

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

September 13, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    1 4-year-old Labrador mix dog Alleged 10/1/14  Cairns Magistrates Court

A Cairns man has been ordered to have no contact with his dog after he allegedly stabbed it in the neck with a knife because it was being disobedient.

The 65-year-old was charged by police with serious animal cruelty and will appear in court next month.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years’ jail under new laws introduced by the State Government earlier this year.

Police said the incident came to light after his housemate saw the dog’s injuries on Saturday night and contacted authorities.

The man was arrested and granted bail, under the condition he have no contact with the Labrador cross, named Tangles.

The four-year-old dog remained in a stable condition and is in the care of a local vet, with the RSPCA expected to take ownership once he has recovered.

Police allege the man became angry with Tangles around 8pm on Saturday night then used a knife to stab him in the neck, before later bandaging him and going to bed.

The man’s housemate then allegedly took pictures of the injuries with his phone and contacted the RSPCA and police.

Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sgt. Brad McLeish said police attended the Charles St. home.

The man was taken into custody and charged before being granted bail. He is scheduled to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on October 1.

RSPCA Cairns inspector Cameron Buswell said it was disheartening to hear of such alleged acts of cruelty.  “You like to think these things act as a deterrent, but that’s not always the case,” he said.

The new serious animal cruelty charge was introduced in March after Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the public had become frustrated by light sentences.