Police are investigating three incidents of animal cruelty in Mickleham and Greenvale in which kangaroos have been shot with arrows.
Police said that on May 25, a kangaroo torso was found with an arrow in it on a Mount Ridley Road property in Mickleham.
On June 1, a kangaroo and her joey were found dead just off Section Road, Greenvale. The roo had an arrow through her shoulder.
On June 2, a male kangaroo was found with an arrow in its rump on Providence Road, Greenvale. The kangaroo was still alive and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police believe the three incidents are linked.
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As reported by Star Weekly, wildlife rescuer Manfred Zabinskas has called for tougher penalties for animal cruelty after coming across two of the injured kangaroos.
“The biggest problem is … there’s no justice. No one gets prosecuted, it’s just too easy,” he said. “We just need to keep reporting this stuff so that it gets heard.”
“This is an ongoing thing … someone’s out there shooting at kangaroos,” he said. “It appears that there may be other kangaroos …that have been attacked the same way.”
Anyone who sees a person in the area carrying weapons is urged to contact police on triple-0.