Woman ‘shocked’ when neighbour’s dog was shot dead by neighbour’s gun


A Perth woman is “shocked” when she discovered a neighbour’s firearm had been used to shoot her dog and her neighbour had a licence to carry a gun.

Melanie Macdonald told 7.30 she was walking her dog near a creek on Sunday when she heard a “loud bang” and saw her dog “somewhere around the creekbank”.

“I looked over and saw the bullet holes in the wall of my house, and I thought it was an explosion.

It was scary,” Ms Macdonald said.

“My husband was inside and he was yelling at me to call the police, but I just looked up and saw that there was a gun.”

Ms Macdonald called 911 and rushed to the scene, but when she arrived, she discovered her dog had been shot.

She said she could not believe the dog was dead and rushed home, but it took her a while to process the tragedy.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he had not been home on Sunday.

He said the gun belonged to his neighbour, a man he did not know.

”The neighbours got together and they got together a gun and they started shooting, which is a bit shocking,” he said.

“There was a hole in the ground and there was an animal in the middle of the street.

It’s just really, really scary.”

It’s really sad that we have this kind of tragedy, but what can we do?

“The neighbour said the man was out of the house with a group of friends when he heard a noise at about 11:00pm.

“The next thing I know I hear shots,” he told 7,000 ABC Perth.

Police were called to the creek at the corner of Macarthur and Latham streets, near the intersection of Main and Dunstan streets.

At about 10:30pm, police said a man, later identified as 31-year-old Matthew Latham, shot and killed the dog.

Ms Latham was taken to hospital and died the next day.


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