Cebu police arrested an Australian national for killing a dog brutally in Cordova, Cebu, Sunday, October 20.
Authorities arrested the sixty-year-old Australian national Reeve Peter, a resident of Cordova Cebu.
A video of Peter went viral in social where he was seen hitting the dog’s head with a hammer repeatedly.
Then Peter took the dead dog under his truck and started to crush its body with his truck.
During the Cebu police’s investigation, Peter claimed what he did to the dog was a form of “mercy killing.” He said some children in the area were poisoning the dog.
The local authorities were still verifying the foreigner’s claim. Nevertheless, polices arrested the Australian for dog killing and violating the Animal Welfare Act.
Section 6 of the Amended Animal Welfare Act states that it was “unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horse fights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare.”
According to the Amended Animal Welfare Act, anyone who was found guilty for unlawfully killing an animal shall face the following penalties: “(1) Imprisonment of one (1) year and six (6) months and one (1) day to two (2) years and/or a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00).”