Protester, 41, filmed kicking a dog during disgraceful anti-vaccine riot that turned Melbourne into a battleground is finally charged five weeks later
- Man, 41, charged with animal cruelty after kicking dog at Melbourne rally
- RSPCA Victoria tracked down the man five weeks after anti-vaccine protests
- The accused could face up to one year in prison and a $45k fine if found guilty
- Footage of the man kicking a leashed dog sparked multiple reports to the RSPCA
An anti-vaccine protester has been tracked down and charged five weeks after he was filmed kicking a dog during a violent riot in Melbourne.
RSPCA Victoria charged a 41-year-old man with animal cruelty over the footage at the protest outside CFMEU headquarters on Elizabeth Street on September 20.
Shocking footage shows the protester attempt to lunge at a man during the chaos, before he’s seen kicking the man’s leashed dog.
RSPCA Victoria have charged a 41-year-old man accused of kicking a dog during Melbourne’s chaotic construction rally on September 20 (pictured)
A wild mob then surrounded the accused animal abuser as he shoves one of the men who tries to confront him.
After video of the kick began circulating on social media, RSPCA Victoria’s Chief Inspector Michael Stagg said it was inundated with reports of animal cruelty.
‘Many concerned Victorians reported the incident both to Victoria Police and to RSPCA Victoria’s Inspectorate, which is authorised to enforce Victoria’s animal cruelty legislation,’ he said.
Protesters stormed the CFMEU head office on on Elizabeth St where the animal cruelty incident allegedly took place (pictured)
‘Every incident of animal cruelty is serious, and the Victorian public are the RSPCA’s eyes and ears when it comes to these matters.
‘We encourage anyone with information about any animal cruelty matters to provide that information to the RSPCA.’
He said the RSPCA was committed to holding animal abusers to account and maintained all matters reported by Victorians would be thoroughly investigated.
The protester accused of kicking the dog could face up to a year in prison or a hefty fine of more than $45,000 if he is found guilty.
RSPCA Victoria conducted the investigation in conjunction with Victoria Police and the case is now before the courts.
The protester could face up to one year in prison or fines up to $45,000 if found guilty (pictured, protesters rally at CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne)
The disturbing footage sparked online outrage leaving viewers angry and horrified by the man’s behaviour.
‘Kicking a dog is not an answer to a human dispute. Hope the perpetrator is identified,’ one woman commented.
Another added: ‘Anyone who attacks an animal for simply ‘being there’ deserves to have the same thing done to him. There’s absolutely no excuse for doing that…NONE!
Anyone who has concerns about the welfare of an animal is encouraged to make a report to RSPCA Victoria online or by calling 9224 2222.