Cairns Family Fear for Safety After Puppy Fatally Shot in Backyard

A Cairns mother whose pet puppy died after being shot multiple times said she is worried about the safety of her children in their own backyard.

Carla Fielding’s partner took family pet Thumper to the vet today, after noticing him behaving oddly in the yard of their White Rock home.

“He was just sitting outside in the yard, he wouldn’t really move and he’s usually one to run up and greet you,” she said.

“[The vet] thought he was possibly just sick, he was vomiting and they thought he may have swallowed something that he shouldn’t have.”

After taking an X-ray, Ms Fielding said a bullet was found in the dog’s stomach.

“I just couldn’t believe it.

“[The vet] said he’s deteriorating really badly, we need to either give him surgery now or he needs to be put to sleep.”

A short time later Ms Fielding was asked to return to the vet as fast as she could to say farewell to Thumper.

“He had been shot multiple times in the tummy, there was entry and exit points, and there was one bullet remaining in his stomach.

“It still didn’t seem very real, but he passed away while we were saying goodbye to him on the table.”

‘I don’t feel safe letting my kids play’

Ms Fielding said her children are too young to understand what happened.

“We haven’t really told them, we’ve just said that Thumper was a bit sick and that he’s not going to be able to go home.”

She said the incident had made her question the safety of her own community.

“Because we’re just in the middle of suburbia … we’re right next to a park and I have children in my house.

“I really don’t feel safe letting my kids play even in my backyard anymore, or outside of my view right now — I’m very worried about what’s happened.

Carla Fielding's pet dog Thumper died after being shot multiple times last night.“Who’s walking around in the middle of the night with a gun? It’s quite a worry.”

Police confirmed they were investigating the shooting.

“The police have gone to the vet to check and request an autopsy and find out what’s gone on and what the vet thinks,” Ms Fielding said.

“We need to get to the bottom of this.”

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said it was a terrible thing to do to somebody’s pet.

“It sounds horrible, why on earth somebody would do that?” he said.

“There have been incidents in the past where there have been neighbourly disputes over dogs and this type of thing and sometimes it has got really out of hand.

“But you’d have to wonder what got into somebody’s head to do something like this.

“We obviously hope that the police can find who’s responsible. It’d be a concern now, you’d think, for most of the neighbourhood.”