Hor­rific act shocks lo­cals and RSPCA

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

AN AN­I­MAL’S mu­ti­lated body has been dis­cov­ered zip-tied to a fence in Laidley, and the find has shocked lo­cal res­i­dents.

Cher Kilpatrick dis­cov­ered the head­less body of a pea­cock strung up on the cor­ner of

Paroz and Moun­tain roads on the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 3.

Ms Kilpatrick said she had spot­ted the bird on her way home and had ini­tially thought it to be an ea­gle caught in the fence.

How­ever when she and her hus­band re­turned to the site to free the bird they dis­cov­ered the life­less corpse which she said left her feel­ing “shocked and dis­gusted”.

“I have no idea what would possess a hu­man to do this,” Ms Kilpatrick said.

“We do have a few of th­ese birds up the dirt road, they roam around freely in the pad­docks – they don't seem to be a nui­sance at all.”

The act has sim­i­larly dis­turbed RSPCA Queens­land spokesman Michael Beatty.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we do get th­ese cases and it’s just very dis­turb­ing,” Mr Beatty said.

“You just don’t un­der­stand why some­one would do some­thing like that – it’s just com­pletely sense­less.

He said in­spec­tors were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, but more in­for­ma­tion was needed to be able to de­ter­mine what oc­curred.

“In cases like this, you are re­ally re­liant on a mem­ber of the pub­lic com­ing for­ward with some in­for­ma­tion.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DIS­TURB­ING: A be­headed pea­cock was found zip-tied to a fence in Laidley.

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