St Ge­orge farmer finds merino sheep shot dead in pad­dock

The Western Star - - RURALWEEKLY -

A FARMER strug­gling in the drought has found four merino ewes shot dead in a pad­dock on his St Ge­orge prop­erty.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the un­law­ful killing of the ewes which were found dead on the morn­ing of Oc­to­ber 8, on a prop­erty about 30km south of St Ge­orge. They had all been shot in their pad­dock.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Scott Jack­son said it ap­peared the of­fend­ers car­ried only one an­i­mal back to a ve­hi­cle and left the oth­ers in the pad­dock.

“Two of the ewes were heavy in lamb, and the other had lambs on them,” he said.

“This is tragic for the com­plainant, af­ter strug­gling to keep their sheep alive with hand-feed­ing through the drought, to have the an­i­mals sense­lessly slaugh­tered by thieves.”

Po­lice are seek­ing any in­for­ma­tion which will lead to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the of­fend­ers.

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