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Locals threatened after Qld dog fight

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 David Sigston

A man has been charged for threatening good Samaritans who tried to break up a dog fight in Townsville on the weekend.

Police say a group of five men were drinking in Deeragun park on Sunday night when they forced two of their dogs to start fighting.

A group of people who were also in the park tried to intervene and stop the vicious act after they noticed what was happening.

Police allege the drunken group fled except for one man, who threatened the intervening crowd with a baseball bat and rocks.

The 20-year-old man has been charged with going armed so as to cause fear and is due to front Townsville Magistrates Court on September 27.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the dog fight wasn't an organised event, but it was still an unspeakably cruel act.

"I have no doubt that organised dog fighting does happen and we need members of the public to contact us and give us concrete information about it," he said.

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