GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Police are hunting the person responsible for a disturbing case of animal cruelty where a kangaroo joey was found decapitated.
Jenny Brown told 7 News she made the horrific find in a patch of bush at the end of a street in the Mandurah suburb of Halls Head, south of Perth.
She was walking on McLarty Road last Friday and found the “sad” and “very disturbing” site where a little joey’s body was laying with its head cut off.
Ms Brown could not bring herself to take a photo of it, but she took a picture of an adult kangaroo that refused to leave the joey’s side until rangers removed it.
“If there’s someone going around, killing our wildlife, we need to do something about it,” the emotional resident told 7 News.
The joey’s head has not been found.
Ms Brown and rangers have searched the patch of bush nearby, but it appears whoever cut it off may have taken it with them.
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A conviction for animal cruelty can result in up to five years in jail.
Perth’s RSPCA told 7 News the number of cases reported to its cruelty hotline has increased in the first four months of this year.
Armadale and Midland have each recorded 29 animal cruelty complaints, followed by 28 in Baldivis, 25 in Balga and 21 in Ellenbrook.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers WA online reporting page.