Charges laid over ‘Peppa’ death

A MAN has been charged over the fatal shooting of a family’s pet husky near Yallourn North on Anzac Day.

´╗┐He will face the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court on 17 July after being charged with shooting on private property without consent and using a firearm to destroy.

Victoria Police has not released the man’s name, age or home town.Seven month-old Siberian husky ‘Peppa’ was shot dead on 25 April about 8am, allegedly on the outer region of a pine forest along Hunter Road, managed by Hancock Victoria Plantations.

Rebecca Grant, her partner Jason and two-and-a-half year-old son Jacob had pulled over on the side of the road after a family outing to let Peppa out for a rest stop.

The charges came after police re-opened the case following a report by The Express and a viral facebook post by Ms Grant.

Police initially indicated they would not pursue the case after an interview with a man who admitted to shooting the husky and said he mistook her for a wild dog.