A man has been charged over the suspicious deaths of 41 horses, who were found shot dead on a property in the Queensland outback.
Police found the slaughtered horses, which included geldings, colts, pregnant mares, and mares with foals at foot on a property at Longreach last week.
Investigators suspect the animals were killed on the 5,000-acre property sometime between Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4.
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They launched a public appeal to try and find the culprit responsible, warning “incidents of this nature can have a devastating impact on rural communities”.
“That is why the Queensland Police Service is working extremely closely with partner agencies to identify the person or people responsible,” Rural Longreach Detective Sergeant Allan Cook said in an appeal to the public last week.
“We are strongly appealing to anyone with information to talk to police immediately.”
Following investigations, detectives yesterday arrested and charged a 49-year-old Mount Isa man with one count of injuring animals.
He was refused police bail to appear in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court today.
Investigations remain ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact police.