A man has been charged following an animal cruelty investigation into the alleged drowning of a four-month-old thoroughbred foal.
Police say the investigation, involving the Queensland Racing Crime Squad, Queensland Racing Integrity Commission and Integrity Regulatory Unit Stewards, has been ongoing for quite some time.
The 56-year-old man from Yandina has been charged with serious animal cruelty, breach of duty of care and wilful damage offences.
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Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said incidents of animal cruelty of this nature are beyond what the public expects from the racing industry.
“The welfare of racing animals is of the utmost importance and those who perform acts of cruelty to animals are on notice,” he said
“This joint agency investigation, whilst tragic, demonstrates the excellent working relationship which has been established between the QPS and the QRIC and the results which can be achieved through mutual cooperation,” Detective Acting Superintendent Lance Vercoe of State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
The man is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on February 22, 2017.
Serious animal cruelty carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.