POLICE have released vision of a man they’re trying to identify after two beloved pet dogs were found dead at a home in Mackay, with fears they may have been killed in a suspected dog-baiting attack.
Jackie, a much-loved Jack Russel Terrier, was found in an agitated state when her owners returned to their Glenella home from an outing on Saturday night.
Sadly, she died within 15 minutes, whilst her brother “Lucky” was found dead in the backyard the following day.
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There are grave concerns the pooches may have been deliberately killed, with police revealing that the dogs owners received two threatening letters in their mailbox whilst they were away.
“The letters were abusive and threatening in nature and linked to the barking of two dogs which resided at the home,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
Officers have since released CCTV showing a person delivering a document into a letter box at the home on Wheeler Drive and are appealing for anyone who may recognise the man to come forward.
“Anyone with any further information related to the suspected baiting of the dogs or threats made to their owners is also urged to contact police,” police said.
Under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, a deliberate act of cruelty carries a maximum of three years’ imprisonment or a $252,300 fine.
It is also an offence to administer, or feed, a harmful substance, with the intention of killing an animal. The maximum penalty for someone convicted of these offences is $37,845 or one-year imprisonment.
The dogs have since been seized and autopsies are underway to determine the cause of deaths.
Investigations are also ongoing with the assistance of the RSPCA.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.