Five men have been charged after two dogs were shot dead¬†during an argument over hunting on a farm at Coolabah, near Nyngan in western New South Wales.
According to an article on the ABC website, NSW Police said three men from Orange were allegedly hunting on a public road and inside the boundaries of a property which they were not authorised to enter about 6 pm on Sunday.
The hunters, two aged 20 and one aged 31, were confronted by the owners of the property, a 74-year-old man and his 42-year-old son.
“As a result of the confrontation, two hunting dogs have been killed, and a vehicle has been damaged,” Detective Inspector Jay Locke said.
A crime scene was declared after police were called, and the father and son farmers were both arrested on Monday and charged with firearm and animal cruelty offences.
“The 74-year-old man was charged with firing a firearm disregarding safety and a number of firearm storage offences,” Detective Inspector Locke said.
“And the 42-year-old man was charged with two counts of serious animal cruelty, and firearm storage offences.”
The three men were charged with hunting on public land without authority, entering private land to hunt without consent, and possession of knives in public without a lawful excuse.
Police said investigations were continuing and reminded the public to contact police first if they see offences being committed on private property.