A 15-year-old girl has been charged with killing her pet dog in Melbourne’s bushland.
The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with causing serious harm to a domestic animal, the Victoria Police Service said.
The dog, which is believed to be a pitbull mix, was found dead at a property on the outskirts of the city in September.
The young woman was arrested last week, and police said she had admitted killing the dog.
“It’s a terrible thing to do,” Victoria Police Inspector Kevin Whelan said.
“I’ve had people come up to me saying they’ve seen the dog and they were crying, saying ‘I don’t want to be associated with this, I don’t know why I would do that’.”
Detective Superintendent Andrew Young, of the Melbourne Crime Squad, said the girl was likely to be charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
“The charges laid are serious and they’re serious offences, particularly when you consider the circumstances,” he said.
“This is a young girl that was quite possibly suffering from depression at the time, that she had been in and out of jail and that she may have been under some stress at the moment, and that’s something that we will be looking at.”
Police said the dog’s owner had not been identified and police were working with the dog owner to find out more about her circumstances.
Topics:crime,law-crime-and-justice,human-interest,human,domestic-abuse,federal—state-issues,melbourne-3000,vic,vicnews24,qldFirst posted October 05, 2018 13:21:46Contact Alex Smith