Bundook man charged over animal cruelty allegations

Photo courtesy of Manning-Great Lakes Police District Rural Crime
Photo courtesy of Manning-Great Lakes Police District Rural Crime

The Manning-Great Lakes Police District Rural Crime Investigator has charged a 47 year old Bundook man with a number of animal cruelty offences committed upon two bulls in the Bundook area.

Police received the complaint in early July this year and the charges come as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Rural Crime Prevention Team.

Police will allege the offences were committed between June 18-20 June, 2018 on a Bundook property, east of Gloucester.

The cruelty allegations relate to the two bulls being castrated by the male without the consent of the owner of the bulls and in a manner that police will allege caused prolonged suffering to both animals.

The male has been charged with: causing prolonged suffering to the animals; committing an act of cruelty on the animals; failing to exercise care of the animals; and performing a restricted act of veterinary science without being qualified to do so.

The maximum sentence a court can impose for these charges is five years imprisonment.

The Bundook man has also had his firearms licence suspended and police have seized seven registered firearms.

The man is to appear at the Forster Local Court on September 12.