Police from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) at Forest Hill are investigating the shooting of three horses on a property north of Gatton last week. Police searched a rural property at Spring Creek, locating three horses that appear to have been shot and killed.
Police investigations suggest that the horses may have strayed from their owner’s property, possibly due to poor fencing, and have then entered thick bushland, before entering the large rural property upon which they were found dead. Police spoke with witnesses and identified a number of people of interest in this matter.
Police wish to remind owners of livestock, including horses and cattle, that as the owner of livestock you have a responsibility to ensure your fences are of an adequate standard to contain your livestock. In many council jurisdictions, it may be a breach of council by-laws to have inadequate fencing.
Police ask that livestock owners make efforts to inspect their fencing and account for all their livestock on a regular basis to ensure livestock are accounted for, and that any theft of livestock is reported to police in a timely manner.
Property owners are also reminded that if they locate straying stock on their property, they should contact their local council’s animal control officers for advice.
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