House Of Horrors: Multiple Animals Found Allegedly Tortured And Mutilated

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A woman has been charged with multiple offences related to ongoing animal cruelty.

Police from the Great Lakes District on the NSW mid-north coast have been investigating the 73-year-old woman since 2018.

On Saturday April 27, a woman was seen by members of the public feeding a pelican in Tuncurry, about 300 kilometres north of Sydney.  She allegedly grabbed the pelican and forced it into the boot of her car.

Members of the public saw one of the pelican's wings protruding from the car as the woman drove away. Police stopped the vehicle soon after, but the woman allegedly released the pelican as police approached her.

After speaking to the woman, police conducted further inquiries. On Friday morning they searched a property at Rest Point Parade Tuncurry.

A home was searched in Tuncurry on the NSW mid-north coast. Image: Google Maps

Multiple items relating to alleged animal cruelty were seized. Police found a live magpie in a cage with its beak removed. The bird was taken to a vet where it was later euthanised.

Police also seized a mobile phone from the home containing graphic images of animals, including a dog and a rabbit that had been allegedly mutilated.

Police will not release any images or vision as they are not 'appropriate for public release' according to a police spokeswoman.

Police will allege the woman spent time in public places in both Forster and Tuncurry where she gained the trust of animals by feeding them. She then allegedly took them to her home and tortured them for an extended period of time.

Great white pelican at Lake Naivasha, Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya. Photo: Getty

After she allegedly tortured the animals, she took them to animal clinics where she claimed she found them injured. Most of the animals needed to be euthanised.

On Saturday the woman was arrested by police and later charged with a range of offences relating to animal cruelty.  These include two counts of committing an act of aggravated cruelty on an animal and three counts of being in charge of an animal and failing to provide vet treatment.

The woman was granted strict conditional bail and will appear at Forster Local Court on Wednesday 22 May.

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