Dog shot dead, another killed with axe in horror neighbourhood dispute

An elderly man has been attacked with an axe and his dog brutally killed after he accidentally shot dead what he thought was a wild dog on his property.

Police said the violent scenes unfolded around 9.15am on Wednesday at a rural property on Weranga North Road in Goranba, west of Dalby.

It’s understood the 75-year-old man was working on his property when he shot dead what he thought to be a wild dog.


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The owner of the dog then approached the elderly man armed with an axe and struck him in the back and legs with the blade.

“The man took his deceased dog before allegedly returning and continuing to assault the injured elderly man as he lay on the ground,” Qld Police said in a statement.

“It is further alleged the man then went to the elderly man’s vehicle, removed his firearm and found his dog which he assaulted and killed with the weapon before fleeing the scene.”

The 75-year-old man was taken to Tara Base Hospital with a deep laceration and broken leg before later being flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital.

A 50-year-old man was arrested shortly after and charged with two counts of serious assault person over 60 and one count each of grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of weapons and injuring animals.

He is due to reappear in Dalby Magistrates Court today.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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