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Man charged over disgusting alleged act of animal cruelty in the Hunter Valley

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A man has been charged over a disgusting alleged act of animal cruelty in the Hunter Valley.

Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) officers allege that on December 23rd a 37-year-old man became aware of heifers grazing on his property that weren't his.

It's alleged the man got in his vehicle and deliberately drove into one of the heifers breaking its leg, before slitting its throat and releasing his dogs.

The heifers owner discovered the animal and was forced to euthanise it, he reported the matter and HVPD rural crime investigators with the assistance Dungog police and local government authorities tracked down the man and arrested him yesterday at Gosford.

The man was hit with five charged 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 granted strict conditional bail and will face court next month.

State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside, said this investigation highlighted the teamwork and coordination that is ever present between police, the Rural Crime Prevention Team, RSPCA, local government and Local Land Services.

“This is just one example of a great team coming together, sharing expertise and tackling animal cruelty head-on,” Det Insp Whiteside said.

“I would also like to remind the community they can report matters of animal cruelty to their local police, Crime Stoppers, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League.”

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