WARNING – Some readers may find the photo in this article distressing.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is on the hunt for the heartless killer/s of a kangaroo found shot and tied to a chair on the side of a road in Melbourne’s outer north-east.
The kangaroo was found dressed up in a leopard print shawl with a cap and a bottle of ouzo propped up in its arms on Plenty Road at Mernda last month.
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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning said the kangaroo had been shot at least three times.
“This is appalling and immoral behaviour and we are urging anyone with information to come forward,” DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns said.
“The kangaroo had been shot at least three times, prior to it being arranged in the chair.”
“It would have taken some time to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road and we are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”
Mr Sverns said penalties for killing wildlife range from $7,500 to $36,500 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.
“Killing and interfering with protected native wildlife are serious offences,”
“Under the Wildlife Act 1975 the penalties associated with killing, destroying and being in control of unlawfully taken protected wildlife range from $7,500 to $36,500 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.
DELWP has partnered with Crime Stoppers to assist with their investigation and Animal welfare group PETA has also offered a $5,000 reward to help catch the killers.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.