Shooters face court after ‘accidentally slaughtering’ hundreds of thousands dollars worth of prized horses on a remote cattle station leaving owners ‘heartbroken and devastated’
- Two men will front court after 30 prized horses were shot dead on September 19
- The duo, aged 38 and 40, are charged with property offenses and animal cruelty
- Killarney Station workers said at the time they were heartbroken at the loss
Two men will front court after 30 prized horses worth half-a-million dollars were shot dead on a remote cattle station.
The men, aged 38 and 40, will appear at at Katherine Local Court, in the Northern Territory, on November 9 after they allegedly shot the horses at the Killarney Station on September 19.
The duo are charged with property offenses and animal cruelty, NT News reported.
The horses were worth half-a-million dollars and the accused did not have permission to shoot in the area according Station manager Jamie Laurisson.
The two sports shooters allegedly entered the property without permission and went on a shooting spree.
Two men, aged 38 and 40, will face court on November 9 after they allegedly shot 30 prized horses at the Killarney Station (pictured) on September 19
The 30 horses (pictured) were worth about half-a-million dollars and were allegedly shot by two members of a shooting club
Mr Laurisson described the alleged shooters’s acts as ‘mind-numbingly stupid’.
‘The horses were not shot in a humane or professional manner as one would expect from members of a shooters’ association,’ he told NT News at the time.
‘The loss of these horses has had a massive impact on staff, management and (the) principles of Killarney station.
‘Initially [there was] shock and disbelief, then grief, anger, heartbreak and devastation.’
The cattle station will also seek compensation for years of hard work with breeding and training the horses.
‘At Killarney our horses are what define us, they are our mates, members of our team, they are what make getting up before daylight every morning all worth it. Nothing is ever going to repair the heart break we are all feeling,’ a post shared by the Station on Instagram read.
A legal team has also been hired to launch a civil suit on behalf of staff seeking compensation for their loss.
Mr Laurisson described the alleged shooters’s acts as ‘mind-numbingly stupid’ at the time