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‘Where are the cats?’: Gun-wielding man storms Lost Dogs’ Home in bizarre attack

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A woman was tied up and threatened with a gun after a man stormed an animal shelter in Melbourne’s outer south-east on Monday night.

A female ranger was in the car park of the Lost Dogs’ Home on Thompsons Road, Cranbourne West when a man with an assault rifle approached her at about 11.30pm.

Police say the masked man dressed in military-style clothing pointed his gun at the worker before taking her inside a building and tying her up.

He asked her where the cats were before leaving the room.

He never returned.

Senior Sergeant Glen Cruse says the man appears to have been motivated by animal cruelty concerns.

“He seemed to sort of have the belief that potentially animals are treated in a cruel way and potentially killed at the premises,” he said.

The woman was not physically injured and was able to free herself and raise the alarm.

A Langwarrin man has been charged in relation to the incident.

He has been remanded to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

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