POLICE are investigating the “heartless” killing of 13 alpacas found shot dead on separate properties in southern Queensland.
Six of the animals were shot on a rural property off Mount Stirling Road at Glen Aplin, on the Southern Downs last week.
The owner, however, never made the discovery until Saturday.
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Five alpacas had been shot dead, while the sixth was found critically injured and had to be euthanised.
Police said an examination by a local veterinarian indicated that the animals had been shot with a small calibre firearm sometime between Wednesday and Thursday.
It comes seven months after seven alpacas were shot dead on a property at Lyra, 14 kilometres away.
Local police have described the killings as “heartless”.
Senior Constable Jim Ellis, Stanthorpe Police said the animals would have been defenceless and it was hard to comprehend the senseless violence.
“Disturbingly this is the second incident of shooting deaths involving alpacas on rural properties with seven killed at Lyra last September.
“These senseless deaths are wrong and heartless and I’m urging anyone who may have noticed anything or anyone suspicious or out of the ordinary in the local area to contact police.”
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