Baiting Targeted at Dogs in Melbourne's West

9 April 2016

Anastasia Smietanka, Co-Founder of the Animal Law Institute, was interviewed this week in The Age about the legal implications of ‘potentially fatal bait traps’ targeted at dogs in Melbourne’s west.

About 12 fish hooks were reportedly found baited in kabana sausage in the Hoppers Cross area earlier this month.

‘Hoppers Crossing resident Werner Bernherd and his wife were walking their two dogs,’ Schetzer reported, 'when they were approached by a women who warned them about the baits.’

He told News Limited that the women had collected some of the hooks but the couple remained worried that there could be more.

‘They're dogs so they walk ahead of us and would have gobbled them up without a second thought,’ Mr Bernherdt said. ‘Why anyone would do it is just beyond me.’

Wyndham Council was notified and the remaining hooks were removed.

Smietanka said those responsible could be charged with animal cruelty.

To find out more about what you can do if you witness animal cruelty, please read our legal fact sheets here.

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur,

Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur,