Information sought on in­jured an­i­mals

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Karen Hunt

THE RSPCA has ap­pealed for information af­ter sev­eral kan­ga­roos were found suf­fer­ing from sus­pected gun­shot wound sin the Bridge town Green­bushes area.

The an­i­mal welfare or­gan­i­sa­tion con­firmed three in­jured kan­ga­roos were found ear­lier this month in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Bridgetown and Green­bushes.

“Two of the in­jured kan­ga­roos were lo­cated by a mem­ber of the pub­lic in Bridgetown, while an­other kan­ga­roo with sim­i­lar in­juries was dis­cov­ered in the neigh­bour­ing sub­urb of Green­bushes,” an RSPCA spokes­woman said.

“It is not known at this point if the in­ci­dents are re­lated.”

Any­one with information should re­port it to the RSPCA’s Cru­elty Hot­line on 1300 278 3589.

The ap­peal for information fol­lows posts on­line on Fe­bru­ary 17 about an in­jured kan­ga­roo found at High­lands Es­tate west of Bridgetown.

There was a cho­rus of con­dem­na­tion af­ter an es­tate res­i­dent posted that he found a dy­ing an­i­mal in his orchard with what ap­peared to be small cal­i­bre gun­shot wounds.

“What’s most annoying apart from hav­ing to ex­plain to our seven-yearold why some­one did this, is some­body so ob­vi­ously in­ept at shoot­ing was doing so in such close prox­im­ity to houses,” the man wrote.

“My daugh­ter was play­ing out­side at the time as were no doubt plenty of other kids in the area, be­ing the week­end.”

The man said shire rangers had been no­ti­fied.

Penal­ties under the WA An­i­mal Welfare Act 2002 for an­i­mal cru­elty are a max­i­mum jail term of five years with fines of $50,000 for in­di­vid­u­als.

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