RSPCA WA investigating after kangaroo found injured with two arrows in Margaret River
Authorities are investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty after a kangaroo was euthanised in Margaret River on Tuesday morning.
An adult male kangaroo was put down by Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions workers after it was found injured and in a distressed state by a resident on Wise Road.
The animal was wounded by two carbon composite arrows believed to be from a bow or crossbow.
One arrow was lodged in the kangaroo’s left forearm and the other in his right hind leg.
It was not known whether other animals were also injured and are still at large.
RSPCA WA South West inspector Genna Haines urged anyone with information, or who saw suspicious activity in the area yesterday or early this morning, to make a report via the Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 358.
“This was clearly an intentional act and it’s sickening to think how this poor kangaroo would have suffered,” she said.
“Native animals have a right to protection from pain and distress, and we should all be working to foster respect and appreciation for them.”
After being found by authorities, workers had no choice but to euthanise the kangaroo because of the extent of the injuries, RSPCA said.
Margaret River Police were contacted for comment.
RSPCA warned deliberate cruelty or allowing an animal to suffer was a serious offence under WA’s Animal Welfare Act 2002.
Offenders could be prosecuted and faced up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
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