IN an unspeakable act of animal cruelty, a man in an alcohol-fuelled rage has allegedly thrown a litter of puppies at a fence, killing three and critically injuring a fourth that later had to be euthanased by a veterinarian.
The lactating mother dog and her sole surviving puppy are being cared for by the RSPCA at an undisclosed location after being seized by police from a home in Forbes.
Police say the events leading up to the horrific act of animal cruelty began at a house in Farnell Street, Forbes, on Saturday night, when a 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, who had both been consuming alcohol, became involved in an argument.
The man allegedly carried through his threat to harm the 10-day-old puppies, throwing four at a fence near the house.
Alerted by neighbours that there was a violent domestic argument in progress, police arrived at the address to find three puppies dead and fourth fighting for its life. However, the fourth puppy was so badly injured it could not be saved.
RSPCA inspector Bev Holloway yesterday transferred the mother dog, a four-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback cross breed, and her puppy to an undisclosed location for protection while the police investigation continues.
“We have put the mother and her puppy in a nice quiet location so they can get over this,” Ms Holloway said.
“She’s a beautiful, friendly dog.”
Inspector Nick Weyland of Forbes police said a man was detained at the address where the puppies died and was taken back to the police station to be interviewed on Saturday night.
“”Due to the intoxication of the male arrested, further interviews need to be conducted,” he said.
Inspector Weyland said he expected charges to be laid against the man.
Depending on the charges, the alleged offender faces imprisonment of up to five years and heavy fines.
Ms Holloway anticipated the dogs would remain in the care of the RSPCA for some time.