Nynagn man charged with theft of nine goats, animal cruelty offences

RURAL CRIME: State rural crime coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said it was important stock theft was reported as soon as possible. Photo: FILE

RURAL CRIME: State rural crime coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said it was important stock theft was reported as soon as possible. Photo: FILE

A man has been charged with theft and animal cruelty offences after nine goats were stolen.

About 8am on Thursday, July 30 police officers received reports the goats had been stolen from a Nyngan abattoir the previous day.

Following inquiries from the Central North Police District and the Rural Crime Prevention Team, about 12pm on Thursday police witnessed a white Mitsubishi Triton with cardboard registration plates travelling through Narromine.

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Police will allege in court the driver ignored directions to stop, leading to a pursuit. But it was terminated a short time later due to safety concerns.

Several goats were later found on the road after being ejected from the man's car.

It is alleged the goats were unrestrained and bound in the back of the vehicle. One of the goats suffered fatal injuries.

On Sunday, police arrested a 27-year-old man at a traffic stop on Hoskins Street in Nyngan.

He was charged with numerous offences including stealing the animals, driving dangerously, unjustifiably inflicting pain on an animal, committing an act of aggravated cruelty on an animal and driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period.

The man was bail refused to appear before Nyngan Local Court on Monday, August 24.

State rural crime coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said this investigation highlighted the need to report all stock theft in a timely manner to local police.

"This is an example of smaller vehicles being utilised to convey stock and supports the need for police to focus on interacting with all carriers of stock as part of Operation Stop Check," Detective Inspector Whiteside said.

"Operation Stop Check is aimed at preventing stock theft and disrupting those who steal from our farmers."

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