Horrific Find: Dozens Of Trafficked And Abused Animals Discovered


Police have charged a man with animal abuse and trafficking offences after dozens of reptiles were seized from a Sydney home.

The man allegedly captured native Australian animals and sent them overseas for at least $38,000.

NSW Police raided a home in Lethbridge Park in Greater Western Sydney on Thursday where they made a number of sickening discoveries. Two dead crocodiles were among the animals found at the home. Twelve Shingleback lizards, one Stimson’s python, three young Monitors, a South American Mata Mata turtle were also discovered.

Two deceased crocodiles were found. Photo: NSW Police
The South American Mata Mata turtle.  Photo: NSW Police.

Mobile phones and other electronic devices were also seized from the property and will undergo forensic examinations.

A 25-year-old man was arrested and taken to Riverstone Police Station where he was charged with 165 counts of dealing or attempting to deal protected animals, two counts of attempted export without a permit and committing an act of cruelty on an animal.

The man has been charged with animal cruelty offences. Photo: NSW Police.

Police also say the man did not have a reptile keepers or exhibitors licence.

The man was granted strict conditional bail and will face Mount Druitt Local Court on June 5.

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