A Sydney man has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges after a dead dog was found weighed down underwater with a block of cement.
Swimmers found the dog at Yowie Bay in southern Sydney on Saturday and called police.
Police divers recovered the two-year-old Belgian Malinois and took him to a veterinarian for a post-mortem examination.
Police then raided property in Miranda on Monday, where they seized more than 117 grams of cannabis and other items.
Shannon Bertus De Waard, 49, has been charged with torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal, committing an act of aggravated cruelty on an animal and possessing a prohibited drug.
He pleaded not guilty to each count in Sutherland local court on Tuesday.
Animal Justice MP Emma Hurst said she would be monitoring the case closely.
“It is more than horrible. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering endured by this sensitive being,” Ms. Hurst said in a statement.
She wants those convicted of animal cruelty to be prevented from working with children.
“Anyone who harms an animal in an aggressive act of cruelty is a danger to other animals and the community at large,” Ms. Hurst said.
De Waard was released on bail and will then appear in court on November 23.
Associated Australian Press