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Originally Posted: 2 November 2008
Torture and Death of a Puppy Named Peanut
From Kinship Circle
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NEWS REPORTS SAY THE NEXT COURT DATE IS NOVEMBER 17, 2008
FULL CONTACT INFORMATION
ATTN: Registrar of the Mackay Court
Mackay Magistrates Court
PO Box 104
Mackay Queensland 4740 (DX 41353)
ph: (07) 4967 0711
fax: (07) 4953 1476
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Mackay Magistrates Court:
Citizens worldwide are sickened by the drawn-out torture of Peanut, the
7-month fox terrier abducted from Danielle and Karen Neilson's Moranbah home
in Queensland on October 20, 2008.
I understand Trent William Cunniffe, 24, has been sent to Mackay Base
Hospital's psychiatric ward and won't face charges until deemed mentally
stable. If his case is assigned to the Mental Health Court, it could be
deferred for as long as a year.
His accomplice Jonathon Connor Blake, 21, also undergoes psychiatric
evaluation at Capricornia Correctional Centre in Rockhampton. I thank
officials for remanding these men in custody. Yet I hope both are ordered to
enter pleas, without delay, to charges of animal cruelty, illegally stealing
and killing an animal, property damage, and possession of marijuana.
I urge rigorous prosecution. Please seek the maximum penalty allowed under
Queensland's Animal Care and Protection Act, including a $75,000 fine and
two years' incarceration.
As you know, RSPCA officers consider Peanut's prolonged mutilation to be
among the most grisly incidents in Australian history. Even police were
repelled when they viewed videophone images of the ordeal. Apparently, the
puppy wails as the men slash him with garden shears and a pocketknife --
severing his nose, a front leg, rear leg and finally, his head. During the
video's last segment, Peanut's amputated body parts are displayed.
Cunniffe and Blake exhibit serious indicators for recurring violence.
Randall Lockwood -- an ASPCA animal behaviorist who consults with cruelty
investigators, law enforcers and mental health professionals -- describes
violence against non-threatening creatures as a precursor to assaulting
children, the elderly or disabled.
Cunniffe and Blake's elongated assault let them observe Peanut's agony and
suggests they find intimate violence (stabbing and mangling, rather than
remote violence such as shooting) pleasurable. Their documentation of the
dog in unbearable pain signifies a desire to re-live the "thrill."
Mutilation is almost always linked with an unrealistic sense of power.
Men prosecuted for animal cruelty are five times as likely to be arrested
for other violent crimes, according to Utah State University professor Frank
Ascione. Please advocate stringent penalties with full-term confinement.
Both offenders should be barred from contact with animals.
The dismemberment of a living being is merciless. It also serves as a
yardstick to measure probability of a repeat offense. I look forward to any
case updates you can provide.
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