Police are investigating reports of deliberate acts of animal cruelty by motorists in the region
Police are investigating reports of deliberate acts of animal cruelty by motorists in the region FILE

Deliberate acts of animal cruelty by CQ motorists

A NUMBER of incidents of livestock being deliberately run over in Central and Central West Queensland has sparked an investigation.

The Longreach Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) are appealing for public information after reports of livestock being deliberately run over in the Barcaldine Regional Shire area.

Incidents have been reported on Narbethong and Tumbar Road and the Landsborough Highway, as well as sheep being struck on the Aramac Road, north of Barcaldine.

In one incident an injured animal had to be euthanised by its owner after being left badly injured from what investigators believe was a vehicle strike.

Police are reminding people that deliberately striking animals with a vehicle is a form of animal cruelty and is treated as a serious offence by the Queensland Police Service.

"Producers face enough hardship without having their stock wilfully killed or maimed,” Detective Sergeant Dave Perry from Longreach SARCIS said.

"We are appealing for information from the public to stop these crimes and identify those responsible for these offences,” he said.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or ring the Longreach Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad on 4652 5202.