Police charge man over animal cruelty at Mittagong

A man has been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged act of animal cruelty committed upon a duck in the Southern Highlands on the weekend.

On Saturday (22 January 2022), officers attached to The Hume Police District were notified of reports of animal cruelty in a car park on the Old Hume Highway, Mittagong.

Initial inquiries led police to believe two men chased a flock of wild ducks in the car park, before one of the ducks was allegedly caught and killed by one of the men.

The men left the scene a short time later and police were notified of the incident.

An investigation into the incident commenced and following a public appeal for assistance, a 24-year-old man was arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station about 2.20pm yesterday (Wednesday 26 January 2022).

The man was charged with recklessly beat and kill animal and commit an act of cruelty upon an animal. He was also charged with traffic offences over an unrelated matter.

The Colo Vale man was refused bail to appear before Moss Vale Local Court today (Thursday 27 January 2022).

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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