Animals

Man accused of dragging dog behind car faces charges

CHELSIE STONE

World Animal Protection has labelled allegations that a dog was dragged behind a car in WA’s Pilbara region yesterday as “shocking”.

Police will allege the dog was seen being towed about 5km through the streets of Wickham about 2.30pm..

The 35-year-old male driver allegedly then took the dog to the beach and immersed it in salt water.

Senior Constable Aaron Ravat said the man was charged with animal cruelty. It is not known whether he was the dog’s owner.

The dog suffered burns to approximately 20 per cent of its body.

World Animal Protection Australia communications manager Tom Shennan said mistreatment of animals was unacceptable.

He said he hoped the man would be punished, if found responsible.

“I think the role of law and enforcement plays a really important part in the community,” Mr Shennan said.

“Also education about how animals are beings – they can feel, they can experience pain, they can experience fear.

The man will appear in Karratha Magistrates Court on October 22.

Constable Ravat said the dog was expected to make a full recovery and was being treated at Karratha Veterinary Hospital.

“The dog is expected to live but obviously the injuries need to be treated over a period of time,” he said