Robert Barry Haines outside of Biloela Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
Robert Barry Haines outside of Biloela Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. Contributed

Protesters in public shaming

THIS is the face of a man who beat three puppies so savagely one of them died.

The other two were found climbing out of an embankment next to Gladstone-Monto Rd in Calliope on May 26.

The dogs, who have since found a loving home, sustained large open wounds to their heads and legs after they were tied up with cord and beaten with a sharp object.

On Monday, their abuser Robert Barry Haines appeared in Biloela Magistrates Court.

This was after his lawyer Jun Pepipo had the case transferred from Gladstone Magistrates Court "as an air of caution hoping media attention would subside".

However, as protester Nicole Allison wrote in an email to The Observer, protesters "weren't to be discouraged that easily".

About 35 peaceful protesters and animal lovers, most from Gladstone, made the trip to Biloela on Monday to voice their disgust at Haines' crime.

Although unhappy with his sentence, which won't see Haines serve any time behind bars, Ms Allison said she thought they were successful in shaming the 51-year-old.

"We are extremely unhappy with the outcome due to the brutality of the crime, and would like to have at least seen an addition(al) fine to be paid to Friends of RSPCA Gladstone to cover vet expenses incurred as a result of initial and ongoing treatment of the two surviving puppies," Ms Allison said.

"We do however (believe) we were successful in embarrassing Mr Haines and showing the community that animal cruelty will not be accepted by the public."

 

So what did he get?

Haines was sentenced to:

  • Four months imprisonment with immediate parole
  • Required to pay a restitution of $2499.40
  • Is forbidden from owning a dog for three years.


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