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Police save ‘traumatised’ puppy after alleged cruelty

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Police have filmed the moments after officers allegedly witnessed a Queensland man tackle and punch a puppy in the state’s far north. 

The young female blue heeler, now named “Honey”, was seized by police after the alleged incident.

The owner, a 36-year-old Atherton man, was walking the puppy along a street in Ravenshoe earlier this month when she broke free and ran off. 

The owner, a 36-year-old Atherton man, was allegedly walking the puppy along a street in Ravenshoe earlier this month before the she broke free and ran off.
Police filmed after the alleged incident. (Nine)
Police footage also shows the puppy attempting to avoid the owner when police attended the property.
The video shows the puppy avoiding the owner when police attended the property. (Nine)

Police allege they observed the man tackling the puppy to the ground and punch it several times in the head. 

Body-worn camera footage shows officers confronting the man following the acts, with them allegedly hearing the dog squealing “all the way across the road”.

“Mate, the dog is like six kilos, I don’t think it needs to be tackled,” one officer said to the man in the video.

Later that day officers attended the man’s address, where they found the puppy with injuries to its right eye. 

Officers stated that the dog was “clearly scared” and “traumatised” by the owner’s actions. (Nine)
'Honey' is now under the care of north Queensland Police, and has already squared up with the teams K-9 unit
‘Honey’ is now under the care of north Queensland Police, and has already squared up with the teams K-9 unit (Queensland Police)

Police video also shows the puppy attempting to avoid the owner when police attended the property. 

Officers stated the dog was “clearly scared” and “traumatised” by the owner’s actions.

“You striking the dog, you ran after the dog, you tackled it,” an officer said to the man. 

“It was clearly scared of you, traumatised by you.”

The man was charged with animal cruelty offences and the puppy was seized by officers. 

The man is scheduled to appear at Atherton Magistrates Court on July 6.

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