Conargo property owners Andrew and Karen Griffiths were shocked to find their family pet shot dead this week.By Cass Savellis
On Tuesday morning, Conargo Store owner Karen Griffiths had to tell her daughter Kasey that her pet horse was no longer alive.
Kasey’s six year-old shetland, ‘Oates’, was found dead on the family’s small property on Jerilderie Rd, Conargo.
Deniliquin Police believe the shetland was deliberately shot with a high calibre rifle through the chest.
Mrs Griffiths said ‘‘as you could imagine’’ Kasey was absolutely devastated.
‘‘It was the worst job as a mother to try and explain the situation to her. They’ve taken a little girl’s best friend.’’
The pony was shot sometime between 9pm Monday and 9am Tuesday and was found by the family 200m from their farm house.
The family, which has lived at Conargo for 11 years, is now keeping watch on their other shetland and two thoroughbred horses.
Mrs Griffiths said people should realise that small country towns are not always safe from crime.
‘‘We want to make people aware of these acts that are going on.
‘‘You don’t think it would happen in a small country town.
‘‘People should be careful with their livestock and other pets.’’
The Griffiths are not sure why anyone would have wanted to harm the pony.
‘‘Our neighbours have had trouble with poachers, so it could be the same offenders,’’ Mrs Griffiths said.
Deniliquin Police Senior Constable Ross Currie said the killing of a pet was considered an aggravated act of animal cruelty and attracts significant penalties.
‘‘Cruelty to animals alone can attract fines of up to $5500 and/or six months in jail. Aggravated cruelty to animals can attract fines of up to $22,000 and/or two years in jail.
‘‘Plus you have potential firearms offences and, if you are trespassing on private property, other fines.’’
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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