Man arrested for animal cruelty

Published: 19 May 2017

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A Western Australian man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty, over the stabbing death of a dog in a Perth Park.

The 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka is alleged to have stabbed a four-year-old golden Labrador called Luna, at the Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve on Wednesday night.

A Mirrabooka woman told of her horrifying experience holding her beloved pet Luna, as she died in her arms.

“I picked her up and lay her on top of me to feel for heartbeat but I couldn’t feel anything… she was gone within seconds,” she said.

The 22-year-old owner was exercising her two dogs Luna and Choco, when she saw a man kneeling over Luna.

“Within a split second Luna was on the floor, I thought she was submitting, wanting to play.

“The man’s bent down, I didn’t hear any snarls, growls, yelps or barks, I thought everything was fine.”

The woman described how she ran up to the man and her Luna, merely to make sure Luna wasn’t doing anything wrong.

That’s when the man put his hood on, said something she couldn’t understand, and quickly left… jumping over a fence in his escape.

“I got closer, I realised she was on the floor, blood all over her, I just dropped and start screaming and screaming,” she said.

She rushed Luna to a nearby vet, but she could not be saved.

The 37-year-old man will appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on June 15.