Cruelty offences: The photo posted on Facebook that led to the man's arrest.

Arrest over sheep hunting incident

Police have charged a 22-year-old man with animal cruelty offences after a photo was posted on Facebook showing him with sheep allegedly mauled by a pig dog and stabbed.

The photo was widely circulated on the internet, where it has caused a furore and forced ethical hunters to again defend their sport.

The two males shown in the photo appear to be pig doggers, and as a result pig hunters on social media have been trying to distance themselves from allegations of unethical behaviour and cruelty.

Before his arrest, the man had told the Central Western Daily he had been asked to cull the sheep, and said he used a firearm to shoot them and finished off at least one with a knife.

He also pointed out that his dog did not have blood on it, indicating it had not been mauling the sheep.

However, police put out a statement saying; “Between 20 April 2013 and 11 May 2013, a 62-year-old man discovered a number of his sheep dead on his property in Mullion Creek, near Orange.”

Their investigations into this incident led to the arrest of the 22-year-old Orange resident.

Police have charged him with six counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, eight of committing an act of cruelty on an animal, five of stealing cattle, and entering enclosed lands.

The man was refused bail and will appear in Orange Local Court today.

There are no reports about charges being laid against the second person in the photo.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.