Police ask for help in horse killings
Despicable act of cruelty
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