Po­lice ask for help in horse killings

De­spi­ca­ble act of cru­elty

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN john. an­der­sen@ news. com. au

THE per­pe­tra­tor of the cal­lous shoot­ing slaugh­ter of five stock horses at a prop­erty near Green­vale re­mains at large as po­lice ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion that would lead to a con­vic­tion.

Four stock horses and a rodeo rop­ing horse were shot dead in a shock­ing act of cru­elty be­tween April 20 and 22 on the Green­vale cat­tle sta­tion.

The owner of the an­i­mals, who asked not be iden­ti­fied, said the horses were his “mates”. He said one had been shot in the face and most of its lower jaw was blown away.

“He was still alive when I found them and was wan­der­ing around. I put him down,” he said.

The well- known sta­tion iden­tity said the shooter must have been ac­com­pa­nied by oth­ers. He said a large camp­fire was found out­side a shed ad­ja­cent to a set of cat­tle yards.

“There were a lot of ‘ black rats’ ( rum and coke cans) ly­ing around,” he said.

He also found sev­eral spent car­tridges from a high- pow­ered .270 hunt­ing ri­fle.

He said po­lice had asked him to leave the horses to de­com­pose so that the lead bul­lets could be col­lected, but added he didn’t want to leave them to rot in the sun.

“I said ‘ no, those old horses are my mates’. I lit a big fire and cre­mated them,” he said.

He said a blue quad bike had been seen in the area around the time the horses had been shot. He said the quad bike must have been car­ried in to the area on the back of a 4WD and then driven off and used as a killing plat­form. “We are still hop­ing some­one has seen some­thing or has heard some­thing,” he said.

Of­fi­cer in charge of the Green­vale Po­lice Sta­tion Se­nior Con­sta­ble Nigel Car­mody said who­ever was re­spon­si­ble could not ar­gue that they were con­fused and thought the horses were brumbies.

“They were quiet horses at a dam. They would not have run away. This leads me to be­lieve that these peo­ple went there to cause gen­uine harm,” he said.

The sta­tion owner said last Satur­day night a man at another nearby prop­erty heard gun­shots and then no­ticed a spotlight beam be­ing played over his house. He went out­side and shouted out to who­ever it was in the dark­ness.

“All he heard was them shout­ing back, ‘ get f*****’. That’s the sort of peo­ple who are out there,” he said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Green­vale ( 4788 4400) or Char­ters Tow­ers po­lice ( 4788 2555) or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Those old horses are my mates OWNER OF THE FIVE HORSES

CAL­LOUSLY SHOT DEAD

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