This week Mathew Bacich was sentenced after pleading guilty to cruelty to his dog, Bruce, a pug-cross, on 14 September 2016.

The acts of cruelty inflicted upon Bruce were disturbing and deplorable.

Bruce suffered as a result of being repeatedly punched in the head, thrown to the ground, kicked, smacked and left for a period of time in an upturned crate in the back garden. A witness reported that Bacich carried out these acts between approximately 9.10am and 3.00pm.

The sentence handed down includes a $4000 fine and a 3-year prohibition from being in charge of any animal. Bruce has also been forfeited to the Crown.

Bruce is now in the care of RSPCA WA and is undergoing rehabilitation and treatment for psychological issues.

RSPCA WA Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said: “We know that many West Australians feel very strongly about cruelty to animals and we believe the sentence handed down in this case is a reflection of the community’s expectations regarding appropriate punishment for acts of animal cruelty.

“This decision is a good outcome for abused pets, and demonstrates that there are real and serious consequences for people who abuse animals.”

RSPCA WA would like to acknowledge members of the public for the role that they play in reporting cases of animal cruelty.

RSPCA WA encourages anyone who witnesses animal cruelty to report it immediately to the RSPCA Cruelty Line on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589).

*** MEDIA CALL ***

Chief Inspector Amanda Swift will be available for interview:

DATE: Today, Thursday 6 April 2017
TIME: 3:00 pm
AT: Australian Institute of Management
76 Birkdale St, Floreat

Media contact:
Richard Schoonraad | Communications Manager | 0437 069 853

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