Hunter Valley Police District arrests 37-year-old following sickening incident in region late last year

HUNTER Valley Police District is urging people to report acts of animal cruelty following a sickening incident in the region late last year.

The plea comes after a man was charged this week with a number of offences.

Officers will claim that, on Monday, December 23, a 37-year-old male became aware of heifers grazing on his property that were not his.

It's alleged he got into his vehicle and deliberately drove into one of the heifers - breaking its leg - before slitting its throat and releasing his dogs.

The heifer's owner discovered the injured animal and was forced to euthanise it.

He then reported the matter to Hunter Valley Police District.

Hunter Valley Rural Crime Investigators started enquiries, with the assistance of Dungog police and local government authorities.

About 2pm on Thursday, February 13, the 37-year-old attended Gosford Police Station, where he was arrested and charged with:

torture, beat and seriously injure animal,

torture, beat and cause prolonged suffering to animal,

dog attack animal due to owner's reckless act, and

two counts of fail to prevent dog from escaping.

He was given strict conditional bail and is due to appear in Dungog Local Court on Wednesday, March 11.

State Rural Crime Coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said the investigation highlighted the teamwork and coordination that was ever-present between police, the Rural Crime Prevention Team, RSPCA, local government and Local Land Services.

"This is just one example of a great team coming together, sharing expertise and tackling animal cruelty head-on," he added.

"I would also like to remind the community they can report matters of animal cruelty to their local police, Crime Stoppers, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League."