Perth police dog shooting: silent vigil plan to remember Biggie

A vigil will be held for Biggie.
A vigil will be held for Biggie.

A SILENT vigil will be held at the front of Joondalup Police Station on Monday to maintain awareness around the police shooting of staffordshire bull terrier Biggie in Kinross earlier this month.

Event organiser Treacy Lockie, who also runs the Justice for Biggie Facebook page, said they would not be there “to bag the police”.

“If people want to walk dogs, it will be very peaceful,” she said.

“We just want to keep this up, we can’t let it go away.”

She said the vigil would mark four weeks since the shooting and be held from 4pm in the hope of accruing a gathering by 5pm, around the time the animal was shot.

Ms Lockie had been overwhelmed by the response she had received since setting up the Facebook page, which has prompted awareness dog walks around Australia in support of the animal’s owners Pat and Alena Wharram, who have sought legal advice over the shooting.

The page has attracted almost 7000 followers in three weeks, including overseas Facebook users curious as to why the dog was gunned down. Ms Lockie had strived to keep the page as positive as possible, saying negativity was not welcome.

The strong community reaction to the shooting has been heightened by a video of the incident, which many believe shows the officer using his firearm when the dog was not posing a threat.