THE Charters Towers Major and Organised Crime Squad – Rural (MOCS Rural) is investigating the wounding and death of four head of cattle near Charters Towers on Saturday 12 February.
Initial investigations indicate the cattle were individually and intentionally hit by a vehicle between 4.00pm and 9.00pm on the Myola Access Road, approximately 130km north west of Charters Towers.
The cattle included two Brahman cows and two Brahman steers. The cattle have died as a result of the incident – one beast was allegedly killed by the offender/s and butchered, another one killed as result of the collision and two beasts had to be euthanised after being left with serious injuries.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity on this road or in the area on Saturday, February 12 to contact police. Investigations are continuing.
MOCS Rural Charters Towers OIC Detective Sergeant Liam Scanlan said the incident was horrific and displayed very disturbing behaviour by the offenders.
“This appears to be a random and opportunistic incident, which I would describe as cruel and cowardly. The person or persons responsible have inflicted unnecessary suffering upon these animals,” Detective Sergeant Scanlan said.
“The owner was upset to find his cattle had been left to suffer. We are strongly appealing to anyone with information to talk to police immediately.”
Originally published on mypolice.qld.gov.au