A man has been charged over an alleged horrific act of animal cruelty on a property in the NSW hunter region.
The 37-year-old is accused of deliberately driving his vehicle into a cow and breaking its leg after spotting it grazing on his property in December last year.
Police say he then slit the animal’s throat before releasing his dogs.
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The cow’s heartbroken owner discovered the injured animal and was sadly forced to euthanise it.
Following ongoing investigations by Hunter Valley Rural Crime Investigators, with the assistance of Dungog police and local government authorities, a 37-year-old man handed himself into officers yesterday.
He was arrested and charged with a string of offences including torture, beat and seriously injure animal, torture, beat and cause prolonged suffering to animal, dog attack animal due to owner’s reckless act, and two counts of fail to prevent dog from escaping.
He was given strict conditional bail and is due to appear in Dungog Local Court on Wednesday 11 March.