Yesterday evening, we heard from one of the people whose dog had been poisoned, that the culprit has been caught. I had heard rumblings of that a few weeks back, but there've been so many rumours on the ground that I didn't want to post about it. But if anyone would know, it'd be someone who was personally and tragically involved.
I just got off the phone with the local police station where a nice [if hesitant] policeman has confirmed that, yes, someone has been caught and action is being taken.
For obvious reasons, he was unwilling to divulge any more information.
But you know what? I'm happy with that.
Yes Georgia, there is a Santa Claus, and he's come early this year.
Update Tuesday, 8th March 2011 A friend went to the police station to enquire about the outcome of the case.
For the last few months, the local dog community has been under the impression that the culprit had been caught, charged, found guilty, and appropriately penalised [since it was a witness that led to his capture].
No one knew for sure because the authorities [council, SPCA and police] would not tell us the court date and have not been updating us on the proceedings. But we were hopeful.
Unfortunately, it appears the case was thrown out and charges were never laid because "the evidence was too inconclusive".
How can it be that no one bothered to tell us this?
It's a sad day for dogowners and other law-abiding citizens who live in the Balmain peninsula.