Perth police dog shooting: nationwide event for Biggie

Biggie was shot dead by a police officer early last week.
Biggie was shot dead by a police officer early last week.

THE fatal police shooting of a Banksia Grove resident’s dog has prompted an Australia-wide event in tribute to the animal.

Biggie, a staffordshire bull terrier, was shot dead by an officer who was responding to reports the six-year-old canine and another dog were being aggressive towards Callender Park users in Kinross on Monday, November 2.

Both dogs had escaped from the same yard of a Banksia Grove home.

CCTV footage shows the officer following Biggie into a suburban street and shooting as the dog approaches him.

Police have launched an internal review into the incident, which has been widely criticised with many members of the public believing the dog does not show aggression in the video.

More than 6000 social media users are following the Justice for Biggie Facebook page, leaving messages of support for the animal’s owner Pat Wharram.

A public discussion page of the same name has garnered more than 8000 followers.

Administrators of the Facebook page have organised nine events at parks around the country encouraging people to walk their dogs to raise awareness of the shooting.

The #WalksforBiggie will be held in Perth, Melbourne, Townsville, Adelaide, Bathurst and Tasmanian city Burnie on Sunday.

More than 300 people have indicated they are attending the Perth leg, which is scheduled for 10am at Perry’s Paddock in Woodvale.

Events in Bunbury, the Sunshine Coast and Launceston will be held the following weekend.

Locals can expect to see the #JusticeforBiggie slogan emerging on car windows, with stickers being handed out at the Perth walk.