Dog found dead in dam with rock tied to lead

The killing of a pet dog has prompted a police investigation to find the person responsible.
Nanjing Night Net

The dog was discovered floating in a dam beside a walking track in Castlemaine with a large rock attached to its lead. A man who was taking his dog for a walk made the grim discovery near Williamson’s Track earlier this month.

It is believed the male Maltese-shih-tzu cross had been drowned in the dam, weighed down by the rock.

Castlemaine police, RSPCA and Mount Alexander Shire Council were investigating the matter, with forensic tests being conducted on the dog.

Bendigo RSPCA inspector Amy Benham said the person responsible could face a jail sentence and fines in excess of $29,000 for aggravated cruelty causing death to an animal.

“It’s staggering cruelty that shows total disregard for the animal,” she said. “If you no longer want your dog, you can surrender it – there are overnight cages.”

Sergeant Wayne Rowe said police were hoping to track down the owner. “We’re hoping we can get to the bottom of it. It’s a very alarming and distressing case,” he said.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact Mount Alexander Shire Local Laws on 5471 1700 or Castlemaine police on 5472 2099.

DISTRESSING: A dead dog has been found in a dam with its lead tied to a large rock.

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