Teen Charged Over Hit-And-Run Kangaroo Deaths
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A teenager has been charged over the deaths of about 20 kangaroos on the NSW South Coast.
At about 10.15am on Sunday, police received reports of multiple kangaroo deaths at Tura Beach, north of Eden.
An estimated 20 kangaroos were found dead on the road and believed to have been hit and killed by a vehicle between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday.
Following an investigation, a 19-year-old man was arrested and charged on Tuesday, NSW Police said in a statement.
Police allege the teenager hit the kangaroos while driving a utility vehicle, and he has been charged with torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal.
Inspector Peter Volf, Bega Valley Officer in Charge, said police would not tolerate acts of animal cruelty.
“We take incidents such as these very seriously and anyone who engages in activities such as these will face the full brunt of the law,” he said.
The man has been granted conditional bail and will appear before Bega Local Court on November 26.
Janine Green, a volunteer for the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) said the organisation was carrying for three surviving joeys.
A total of three joeys, five juveniles and 12 adults were killed in the alleged incident.
"There was one injured kangaroo that was not killed on impact; so they had to euthanise her. She had the joey in her pouch," Green told 10 daily.
"The kangaroos have always lived in the area, and they're part of a community."
"To find them all lying on their footpaths on a beautiful Sunday morning... it was just sickening, and totally unnecessary."