PETITION TO SIGN: Dr Nicolas Oddone took his rage out on his girlfriend’s tiny dog

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SYDNEY surgeon and lecturer Dr Nicolas Oddone’s job is to save lives but he showed little regard for the life of a dog he severely beat.

The oncologist, aged in his early 40s, was convicted of one count of animal cruelty in the Downing Centre Local Court last month after he bashed his then-girlfriend’s 2.9kg papillon pooch, named Prinni.

The former girlfriend told The Daily Telegraph the ­attack happened moments after she asked Oddone to be more gentle with her dog at his Woolwich apartment on June 10 last year.

“It was shocking … no animal­ deserves that,” she said. “Every animal deserves a basic level of treatment.” Prinni suffered 14 fractures to 12 ribs, massive internal bleeding, liver damage and a partially-collapsed lung.

In text messages tendered to the court, the girlfriend recommend that the lecturer — who she had been dating for five weeks — get help for what she said was his ­explosive his anger.

Sydney surgeon and lecturer Dr Nicolas Oddone / Picture: Supplied

Sydney surgeon and lecturer Dr Nicolas Oddone / Picture: Supplied

“Get some help with anger management before your anger claims any more innocent or defenceless victims­,” she wrote.

“There is no room for love when your rage prevails.

“The cost to her (Prinni’s) quality of life and the psychological impact on my family is immeasurable.”

Dr Oddone declined to comment when contacted but he was apologetic in text messages sent to his former girlfriend.

“I am sorry for the way things ended and for not having the guts to tell you the truth,’’ he wrote.

“You will never hear from me again. I am truly sorry.

“It was an honour to have met you, you taught me a lot of things in life.”

He will appear today for sentence at the Downing Centre Local Court.

The animal cruelty charge carried a potential maximum penalty of two years jail and a $22,000 fine.

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Safari Driver Said ‘Stand A Little Bit Closer’: Photograph Shows Tourist Moments Before She Is Gored By Rhinoceros

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“OMG…what the hell is a safari ranger doing, telling people to get out the safety of their vehicles; to get a closer look or picture of rhino? Rhino have poor eyesight & can be so unpredictable. They may appear contended with visitors looking at them from a vehicle! But once you step out that vehicle; you are on their habitat & become the hunted. How stupid & totally incompetent, I hope he got the sack as he is not safe to take people into the bush! She is very lucky to be alive, if I were her, I would be taking the ranger & possibly the company to court; she could so easily have died!!” 

  • Chantal Beyer, 24, was attacked after getting out of her safari vehicle
  • South African guide allegedly urged visitors to get closer for a photo
  • Bull rhino charged seconds after picture was taken leaving Ms Beyer with collapsed lung and broken ribs

This is the photo taken seconds before a safari tourist was seriously injured by a rhino – after she was allegedly urged to stand closer to the animal by a wildlife expert.

Attack: Chantal Beyer, 24, pictured standing next to a rhino seconds before she was gored at a wildlife safari park in South Africa

Chantal Beyer, 24, was visiting the South African nature park with her boyfriend when they stopped to look at some rhinos.

Afrikaans-language newspaper the Beeld reported that guide Alex Richter then advised them to stand a little closer seconds before the animal gored her from behind.

He allegedly told a group of visitors to get out of their vehicle to take photos and even encouraged the rhinos to come closer with food.

The photograph shows them only feet away from two white rhinos which can weigh up to two tons and stand as tall as 1.8metres.

Just after the picture was taken, a huge bull rhino attacked, and its horn penetrated Ms Beyers’ chest from behind, resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs

Ms Beyer, a bachelor of commerce student from Johannesburg, is now in an intensive care unit at a Krugersdorp hospital where she is said to be in stable condition, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Mrs Beyer’s uncle and family spokesman Thom Peeters told the Beeld: ‘There were quite a few young people on the vehicle and they probably felt they could trust Richter, who was an adult.

South Africa’s Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve, where the incident took place, declined to comment today.

On the resort’s website it lists rhinos as one of a number of animals which visitors can see ‘at close range’.

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Tigers on horseback and chained monkeys riding bicycles: Cruel Chinese circus flaunts government ban

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Zoos across China are still putting on cruel exotic animal performances, three months after they were banned by the government.

Humilating: Tigers are declawed and defanged before they are forced to jump through flaming hoops

In one show in Guangxi Zhuang yesterday, crowds cheered as a tiger teetered on the back of a horse, while monkeys, with chains around their necks, rode bicycles around in circles.

The grim spectacle is slowly being outlawed across the country – 300 state-owned zoos were notified in January they had to close their circuses – but many others claim they were never told about the ban and have no intention of stopping.

The government acted in January after increased pressure from outraged animal rights groups.

A study by Animals Asia in 2010 found bears were often whipped and beaten with sticks, elephants were prodded with metal hooks, while tigers and lions are made to endure chronic pain by being defanged and de-clawed.

“Watch the video below …A pray animal (horse) forced to carry a predator (tiger) on it’s back, is unbelievable & morally wrong!   They have obviously beaten these animals into performing these absurd stunts!  Have you ever seen a horse scared to go in a horse box? Well, it’s probably because inside the trailer it’s dark,  he see’s the horse box akin to a dark cave, were predators await to eat him…We may have evolved & made the horse a companion animal, but it doesn’t mean their instincts regarding predator fear have gone!”

“Watch the horse, before the tiger gets on…His  ears are flat to his head as he nervously trots round, a sign of anger, distress & especially fear, his every instinct, screaming at him to run, yet the fear of more incessant thrashings, makes him obey every command.  You can see his reaction when the guy grabs his head collar…Terror!!  I doubt that horse has ever been touched with kind hands, I dread to think how many beatings it has taken to get pray & predator to interact, with almost military precision.

“I wonder how many horses have been fatally wounded whilst trying to get this asinine performance to this level…. The horse looks well fed,  but he would have to be, considering the weight of the tiger, even so, it still looks a struggle for the poor horse!   As for the tiger,  how much suffering has he endured?  His natural instinct as a predator would be to eat the horse! But again, due to fear, the tiger nervously comply’ s .  All this suffering for the sake of entertainment is totally unacceptable!!

Chained: Monkeys are held on the back of bicycles by chains around their necks

In a published report, the organisation – based in Hong Kong – said: ‘All of the performances observed were based upon fear and intimidation. To force animals to perform unnatural tricks, circus showmen frequently engage in negative reinforcement, whipping and striking the animals repeatedly.

‘Animal performances portray the animal to the public in a humiliating way that does not promote empathy and respect. There is little educational value in seeing animals in conditions that do not resemble their natural habitat.’

The government was also swayed by a three-month investigation by China’s State Forestry Bureau that discovered that more than 50 zoos contained animals that had suffered severely from abus

Speaking in January, David Neale, the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia insisted the ban would be strictly enforced.

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We are hopeful it will have an effect. I visited Chongqing zoo before Christmas and their circus was clearing out, and Kunming zoo has also said its circus has been closed.’

But it was business as usual at Guangxi Zhuang zoo this weekend – and many zoo owners claim they were never notified about the ban.

Besides the complexity of policing the ban across a vast country, campaigners are also concerned zoos will be forced into bankruptcy and abandoned unwanted animals.

David Neale added: “In some cases, I am not sure where the animals will go.

‘In some cases I would recommend euthanasia, since there are animals in a very bad way after a few years of being in these performances’

A tiger is muzzled so a young girl can sit on its back during one of the banned circus performances


“Would you let your daughter sit on the back of a lion with his muzzled tied shut with a piece of string, who is probably sedated a little too?? Just one swipe of a paw & that child could be to fatally Injured.”

“People have got to understand, animals have rights too, they are not ours to do as we please with…They have the right from their first breath to food, water, protection from, & treatment of, illness & injury, proper living quarters,  freedom to express normal behaviour, respect, kindness & dignity…till their last breath!

“They should never ever suffer for human entertainment or denied any of the above  so humans can profit from their misery”

“Anything less & it is  we that should be referred to as animals”

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