News

RSPCA talks to family after teen holds knife to dog's throat

Channel 7's photo of the teenager allegedly holding a knife to a dog's throat.
Channel 7's photo of the teenager allegedly holding a knife to a dog's throat.

UPDATE 4.55PM: The RSPCA has spoken with the family of a teenager who was photographed holding a knife to a dog's throat.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie said the dog had not been injured and was in good health.

He said RSPCA inspector Penny Flaherty had attended the residence and spoken with the family, who said the boy had been made to do it.

Mr Beattie said the dog belonged to the boy's sister.

He said no further action would be taken.

EARLIER: A disturbing photo has emerged on social media, allegedly showing a Hervey Bay teenager holding a knife to a dog's throat.

The identity of the teenager is unknown, but the photo was shared to Facebook and soon went viral, causing an outcry from the Fraser Coast community.

Channel 7 shared the photo to their Facebook page and said they had spoken with the teenager's family, who claimed he was "forced" to do it.

They also said it was a toy knife and the dog wasn't injured during the incident.

RSPCA officer Penny Flaherty described the image as "disturbing".

She said she had not received an official complaint yet, but she was prepared to act if a complaint was made or if the identity of the teenager became known.

"It seems to be a silly hoax," Ms Flaherty said.

"Some thing just leave you speechless, don't they?

"This is disturbing behaviour from a young person."

Topics:  animal cruelty, editors picks, rspca, social media


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Council of Mayors keep SEQ's Olympic dream alive

The dream of having the Olympics in Queensland is not dead yet

Welfare group protests against circus at Redbank

The Lennon Brothers Circus has erected their tents at Redbank.

Lennon Bros use of lions has group riled up

Motocross star's fall from grace

Motocross star pleads guilty to drug dealing.

Local Partners

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

POLICE have ruled out a white ute from their investigations and are still seeking witnesses and footage.

PHOTOS: Marty's graveyard shift in memory of daughters, wife

RESTING PLACE: Martin Kelly at the grave site of two of his daughters, Gayle and Lynne, and his wife Elva.

90-year-old keeping up family's legacy but needs help

Council of Mayors keep SEQ's Olympic dream alive

The dream of having the Olympics in Queensland is not dead yet

Welfare group protests against circus at Redbank

The Lennon Brothers Circus has erected their tents at Redbank.

Lennon Bros use of lions has group riled up

Motocross star's fall from grace

Motocross star pleads guilty to drug dealing.

Cyndi Palmer's tribute to murdered daughter

Cyndi Palmer addresses the media.

Mum of murdered schoolgirl calls for public not to speculate on case

OPINION: Why we need to give Tiahleigh's mum a break

It's plain Cyndi Palemr loved Tialeigh and we should stop questioning

Where to find the region's best Vietnamese

Inala Plaza has become a popular shopping centre for Ipswich residents looking for Asian food ingredients. Nina Davey with her daughter Tyler, 2, didn't wait to get home to cook up a storm.

PHOTOS: It's less than 30 minutes from Ipswich

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

WATCH: Justin Bieber grabbed in Germany

A video has emerged of singer Justin Bieber being attacked

Why The Wrong Girl is right for Jessica Marais

Jessica Marais and Ian Meadows in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

ACTOR makes the sometimes awkward character her own in new comedy.

What's on the small screen this week

Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.

A NEW romantic comedy debuts while footy codes ramp up for finals.

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Rocky proves prime real estate in latest REIQ report

Kas Woch sold this Wood St home in Depot Hill for $107,000 in August.

A new investor's market as Rocky house prices hit lowest in state

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record