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The online reaction to the harassment of Midland icon 'Mad Dog' Adrian has been swift, with the offending websites shut down.

Community rallies behind ‘Mad Dog’

A GROUND-SWELL of online support for ‘Mad Dog’ Adrian has seen a Facebook site selling merchandise bearing his image and promoting harassment of the Perth icon shut down.

Last week, Echo News spoke to Midland OIC Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn about the harassment and intimidation Adrian has been subject to since the Facebook page themaddogofficial was started.

Senior Sgt Longhorn was said that Adrian had come to Midland police seeking help and warned that anyone found harassing or effectively stalking Adrian would be charged.

After Echo News shared the story online, it quickly became clear that not only was Adrian widely known, he was also widely treasured.

The Facebook post had 5,200 reactions, comments and shares, with 68,400 post clicks and an overall reach of 215,000 Facebook users.

It is by far the most viewed story ever on www.echonewspaper.com.au, with 159,048 individual views.

After being shared on Monday, Facebook users angry at the way Adrian was being exploited began sharing the story to themaddogofficial, with the Facebook page and its associated Big Cartel sale point both shutting down on Tuesday.

A website, maddog
adrian.com.au, is also closed with a message posted saying “we are working on our page at the moment”.

It just goes to show that if you mess with a Midland icon like Mad Dog, the people of Perth will respond in force.

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story in 2013 and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. On the weekend you can usually find him at Bells Rapids, taking a very reluctant dog for a walk on the Goat trail.

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