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Animal cruelty charges laid in relation to cattle on Pilbara property

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Monday, 25. January 2021 - 10:30

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has laid charges against Mugarinya Community Association Incorporated for alleged cruelty to animals under the State’s Animal Welfare Act.

Animal cruelty charges have also been laid against eight individuals who were Association board members at the time of the alleged incidents.

The charges relate to alleged incidents involving cattle which occurred at Yandeyarra station in early 2019 and the decision follows a comprehensive investigation by compliance officers within DPIRD.

The matter has been listed to be heard in the South Hedland Magistrates Court.

DPIRD is responsible for the administration of the Animal Welfare Act 2002 and the department’s General Inspectors exercise powers under that Act. 

Anyone with information about the ill-treatment of animals should contact the RSPCA on 1300 278 358.


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