Community fights to get justice for Bear
3:50pm Saturday 30th June 2012 in News
More than 1,000 people have joined a call to get justice for a dog found dead after ‘being abandoned without food or water’ for several months.
The ‘get justice for Bear’ online petition has received more than 1100 signatures in less than two weeks, after it received massive support via Facebook.
The two-year-old German Shepherd named Bear – along with an iguana – was found dead by Dyfed-Powys police officers at a property in Pembroke Dock on June 11th, after residents had alerted the authorities after spotting flies on the windows.
The petition claims the dog had been left without food or water for two or three months and calls for the RSPCA, Pembrokeshire County Council and Dyfed- Powys police to prosecute those responsible.
One signatory on the petition is Tammy Coombes.
She told the Western Telegraph: “So many people have strong feelings about what has happened, as Bear was left for so long without food and water. The campaign is about getting justice for Bear and the iguana as well.
“The main reason is to make people aware of the abuse to animals and get it across to people that if you do this type of thing to your animals there is someone close by that will not stand for it and will take action.”
A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “Following complaints from neighbours of flies in the windows, council officers entered a property in Hamilton Court, Pembroke Dock on 11th June and inside found a dog and an iguana, both dead.
“The matter has been reported to the RSPCA.”
A Dyfed-Powys police spokesman said that its officers were only involved due to the forced entry at the property, but if there was any prosecution, the officers involved would give witness statements.
An RSPCA spokesman said it had visited an address on June 11th, but that it could not comment further as an investigation was ongoing.
The ‘get justice for Bear’ petition can be found at www. g o p e t i t i on.com/ petitions/get-justice-for-thebear.