Canine kidnapping lands man $500 fine
A Broome man was fined $500 in Broome Magistrate’s Court last week for stealing a dog from outside a pub in the town because he believed it would make a good breeding match for his own dog.
Roger Moolarvie, 67, did not appear in court to answer the charge of unlawfully using another person’s animal, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
Broome police prosecutor Sgt Matt Fearnley said the dog’s owner had tied the animal up outside the Roebuck Bay Hotel on Dampier Terrace while he went inside for a beer.
Moolarvie was walking along Dampier Terrace and noticed the dog which he believed would produce good puppies when mated with his own dog.
Police caught up with Moolarvie further up Dampier Terrace and the dog was returned to its owner.
The dog was described as a “German koolie” by its owner, however police believed it to be a “Broome dog”: a mixed breed, generally agreed to be part kelpie and part Staffordshire terrier among other things, which wander the streets of the town.
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