Unusual method of transporting cow leads to grim discovery


WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: A man has been charged with animal cruelty offences after two cows were found dead on a property on the NSW mid-north coast, and another two had to be euthanised.

Police made the grim discovery on May 22 after receiving concerns for the welfare of cattle.

According to the Rural Crime – NSW Police Force Facebook page: “On the 19 May 2018 a member of the public saw a vehicle transporting a cow in a box trailer southbound along the A1 Pacific Highway near Clybucca.”

Police said the witness slowed and took pictures of the accused vehicle and a cow seated in a trailer as they had concerns for the animal’s welfare.

A member of the public saw a vehicle transporting a cow in a box trailer on May 19. Source: Rural Crime – NSW Police Force/ Facebook

Following this the incident was reported to police and officers attended a property at Aldavilla, near Kempsey, and found two cows dead inside a machinery shed and two others in poor condition, NSW police said. 

The RSPCA were notified and the other two cows were euthanised on site.

Police said two cows were found deceased on a property at Aldavilla and two others were found in poor condition. Source: Rural Crime – NSW Police Force

Authorities said the cow which had been previously in the trailer was found dead on the property, along with a deceased calf from the animal.

A 67-year-old man was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for convey animal unjustifiably inflict pain and being in charge of an animal fail to provide vet treatment (x2).

He is due to appear in Kempsey Local Court on Monday July 16.

Police said the cow that had previously been in the trailer was found deceased on the property. Source: Rural Crime – NSW Police Force/ Facebook