Teenage boys have been charged over 14 kangaroos killed on the NSW South Coast at the weekend.
Two 17-year-olds were arrested at 6.30pm on Monday at Bateman’s Bay Police Station after police launched a public appeal for information following the roos being allegedly mowed down by 4WDs on Friday night.
Authorities began their investigations on Saturday morning just after 7am, following reports a number of animals had been killed in the Batemans Bay suburb of Long Beach.
Accompanied by animal rescue volunteers from WIRES, police located the bodies of five adults and one joey on Blairs Road and nearby Sandy Place.
Later that morning a further seven kangaroos were found dead at Maloney’s Beach, and one surviving joey was taken into care by WIRES.
Following the arrest, the pair were issued with a court attendance notice to appear at a children’s court on Friday November 22.
Police confirmed they have been charged with recklessly killing and beating animals. Police will allege the animals were deliberately killed.
Surviving joey doing well in care
WIRES confirmed last night the surviving joey is doing well in care, after initially coming into care cold.
An image shared by the rescue group shows the young kangaroo in the arms of her carer Shelley.
Named Hope, the youngster is being raised alongside another joey named Hopper who was brought in by police yesterday.
Members of the public who come across a sick or injured animal can contact WIRES on 1300 094 737.
Anyone with information about the alleged incident is urged to contact Batemans Bay Police Station on (02) 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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