Australian police have arrested a 19 year old man for allegedly running down and killing 20 kangaroos with his car. The dead kangaroos, including two joeys, were found littered over in Tura Beach, 280 miles south of Sydney, on Sunday morning. At least three other joeys were orphaned as a result of the disturbing attack, according to wildlife rescue group WIRES.
Police said thy suspects the attacks had been carried out during a one-hour period in the previous night. The teenager was arrested late on Tuesday and charged with several animal cruelty and torture offences. The man allegedly hit and killed the marsupials with his utility vehicle late on Saturday night. We take incidents such as these very seriously and anyone who engages in activitis such as these will face the full brunt of the law, Bega Valley chief inspector Peter Volf said.
Under New South Wales law, anyone convicted of animal cruelty faces up to five years in jail and a fine of $22,000. Wildlife rescuers described the incident in Tura Beach, 540km from Sydney, as a tragedy. They said some locals had woken to find dead animals on their lawns.
Three joeys were saved from their mothers’ pouches and taken into care, said the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service. The teenager is due to face a court in November. More than 57,000 animal cruelty complaints were investigated by the RSPCA in Australia in 2017-18, according the charity’s most recent statistics.