Benambra brumbies shot on roadside
|Benambra brumbies shot on roadside - 19th Oct 2017|
Benambra brumbies shot on roadside|
Seven brumbies were shot overnight on Friday, October 13, with residents and tourists confronted with the sight on and near Limestone Road, about 20 kilometres east of Benambra. The horses are believed to have been shot by unidentified hunters and left to die in appalling circumstances. Graeme Sinnott, the closest resident to where the shooting occurred, said the district has long been a haven for hunters who have no qualms about shooting from roadways into private property and trespassing in their pursuit of wild deer and other feral animals. Bairnsdale police were informed of the incident on Saturday, however "they declined to respond unless a report was made via the 000 facility", Mr Sinnott said. "When reported to 000, police advised that no officers were available to respond," he said. The Swifts Creek officer responded on Monday. The Omeo officer is currently on leave. Inspector Luke Smeaton, of Bairnsdale police, confirmed with the News that brumbies had been shot on Limestone Road, in state park, and the incident is being investigated by local police.
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