Man charged over alleged horse cruelty in New South Wales

stock-eyePolice in Australia have charged a man over alleged cruelty toward two horses near Wagga Wagga last week.

New South Wales police said the first incident began around 10pm last Thursday, when a 35-year-old man drove to a rural property on Urana Boree Creek Road, Lockhart, to transport a horse to an address in Lockhart township.

It is alleged the man secured the horse to the back of a vehicle and drove along the roadway, before the horse fell and sustained serious injuries. The animal later died.

The following day, around 3pm, the man allegedly returned to the property to transport a second horse from the location.

After walking the animal behind the vehicle for several kilometres, the man allegedly tied the horse to a tree by the roadside and drove away.

Officers in Wagga Wagga received reports of an injured horse and arrived at the scene shortly before 10pm, where they started an investigation. The animal was later euthanised.

Following inquiries, police went to a Lockhart home the following evening and arrested the 35-year-old man. He was taken to Wagga Wagga police station.

The man will appear in court on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of being in charge of animal and failing to alleviate pain.

He is expected to appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court on September 10.

Police want anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page here. Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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