Authorities have called the disturbing discovery of a kangaroo shot dead on the side of a road and posed in a chair in Melbourne an “appalling and immoral” act of animal cruelty. The marsupial was discovered by a woman who spotted the animal on her way to work while driving on Plenty Road, Mernda in May.
According to the EsperanceExpressAustralia, the kangaroo had been posed tied to the chair, dressed in a leopard print outfit and holding a bottle of ouzo. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released the photo on Tuesday morning, calling on the public for help finding the person(s) responsible for such an egregious deed.
“This is appalling and immoral behavior,” stated DELWP Senior Investigator Mike Sverns. “The kangaroo had been shot at least three times prior to it being arranged in the chair. It would have taken some times to stage the kangaroo in that position on the side of the road. We are certain that someone would have seen something, given the public area and traffic flow of this main road.”
Investigators stated the animal had been shot three times in the chest with a small caliber gun. It is believed the kangaroo had been killed somewhere else and then brought to this scene – no one knows why. Duct tape was found at the location; all evidence will be thoroughly tested via forensic examination. Unfortunately the killing of wildlife has increased.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on (1800) 333 000.
(Photo of kangaroo shot and posed via DEPWP)
Penalties for killing wildlife can call for up to two years in prison and fines from $7,500 to $36,500.
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