Like a scene out of the Godfather, a South Australian couple were horrified to find a severed horse head on their doorstep on Sunday night.
The depraved act woke the normally quiet Carsten Drive in Murray Bridge, with one neighbour saying, “I hope they get the bastards that done it.”
“I’m shocked to think that’s happened here," another neighbour told The Adelaide Advertiser.
Police were called to the scene and a spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia what had disrupted the sleepy neighbourhood.
"Murray Bridge Police are investigating after an animal head was found at a Murray Bridge address last night," they said on Monday. "Police have yet to locate the outstanding remains of the animal."
Investigations are continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
'Disgraceful act' leads to crocodile's 'slow and agonising' death
The incident is just the latest involving cruel animal acts, with Queensland rangers investigating the death of a crocodile in Townsville’s Ross River caused by a macabre "poaching" device.
They’re searching for the killer of a 2.6-metre animal they believe was intentionally targeted by poachers in mangroves.
“Disturbingly, wildlife officers found a large hook attached to the wired rope, and they believe the hook was baited in a deliberate attempt to target and kill the crocodile,” Senior Wildlife Officer Tony Frisby at DES said earlier this month.
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