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His Name Was Peanut - Torture And Death Of A Puppy

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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 swiftly 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, Cunniffe and Blake seem to display the amputated body parts.

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.

Thank you,
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•  Man in mental health facility
•  Accused puppy killers to undergo mental checks
•  Horrifying dog torture video shocks police
•  Kae Norman / Cruelty case in Mackay


His name was Peanut and he was cute, cuddly, loyal, loveable... His tragic death by cruel torture has touched the nation and the RSPCA has described his loss as one of the worst animal cruelty cases in Australian history.
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