Officers from Charters Towers MOCS (Rural) recently charged a 48-year-old Ravenswood man with animal cruelty offences committed against a Macropod Agilis, Queensland Police say.
The Macropod Agilis, also known as an Agile Wallaby and native to Northern Queensland was injured after allegedly being roughly treated by the offender.
It is alleged the man trespassed onto a restricted mining site, stopped his utility and pulled an injured Macropod from the rear tray. He then threw it roughly to the ground.
After receiving the complaint from a witness, officers from MOCS (Rural) determined the man did not hold a permit (under the Nature Conservation Act) to keep native wildlife and given the animal was already injured, his actions were deemed cruel and without reason.
“We have a zero tolerance for people committing cruelty to defenceless animals and will investigate all such reports,” Detective Inspector Mick Dowie, the State Coordinator of MOCS (Rural) said
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