No charges pressed af­ter horses shot dead

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­

NO CHARGES are be­ing pressed af­ter three horses were shot dead at a prop­erty in Spring Creek, Queens­land.

Late last week, po­lice from the Ma­jor and Or­gan­ised Crime Squad (Ru­ral) at For­est Hill were speak­ing to witnesses, and ask­ing the pub­lic to call Crime Stop­pers as they iden­ti­fied peo­ple of in­ter­est.

How­ever, Detective Sar­gent Troy Whit­tle, from MOCS (Ru­ral), said there would be no fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

“Both par­ties in­volved came to an agree­ment and no charges are be­ing pressed,” he said.

The horses strayed from their owner’s prop­erty en­ter­ing thick bush­land and cross­ing neigh­bour­ing land be­fore ar­riv­ing on the ru­ral block where they were found dead.

The horses were pets be­long­ing to a fam­ily and ranged in age and value.

Po­lice wish to re­mind own­ers of live­stock, in­clud­ing horses and cat­tle, that as the owner of stock you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure fences are of an ad­e­quate stan­dard. In many coun­cil ju­ris­dic­tions, it may be a breach of coun­cil by-laws to have in­ad­e­quate fenc­ing.


AGREE­MENT MADE: No charges are be­ing pressed af­ter three horses were found dead near Gat­ton.

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