Cattle, sheep found maltreated
ABOUT 50 head of cattle and six sheep have been found starving on a property near Dubbo.
The animals were found on the Durrween Rd property after a report to police.
Rural Crime investigators and representatives of the Department of Primary Industries, the RSPCA, and the Livestock Health and Pest Authority yesterday (Thursday) reportedly attended the property where they saw sheep and cattle in poor to starving condition.
The cattle had rib and hip bones visibly protruding from skinny frames while about six sheep appeared not to have been shorn for several years.
Dead animals were also found in the paddocks.
Police say they expect charges to be laid.
Meanwhile, a man who bashed a pup to death with a hammer has been placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond without conviction after pleading guilty to committing an act of cruelty.
An additional charge of aggravated animal cruelty was withdrawn and dismissed when Narromine man Roland John Black appeared in Narromine Local Court.
Black, 35, was charged after a border collie pup was killed on the outskirts of the town last November.
A witness told police the animal was struck with a hammer and thrown against a power pole before it was tossed into nearby grassland.
Police said the pup had earlier been taken to a Dubbo veterinary surgeon, who diagnosed parvovirus and offered to euthanize the animal free of charge.
The dog was taken back to Narromine where it was killed.