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Man charged over mass horse shooting

Man charged over mass horse shooting

A man has been arrested over the death of 41 horses, including pregnant mares, at a property in western Queensland.

A member of the public found the horses on August 5 at a 2000-hectare property north of Longreach.

The animals were found with multiple gunshot wounds, with police alleging the horses - including geldings, colts, pregnant mares, and mares with foals - were killed between August 3 and August 4.

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The owner of the property had been in hospital for some time prior to the incident, and was not home when it occurred.

Police arrested and charged a 49-year-old Mount Isa man on Thursday, August 12, with one count of injuring animals.

The man was refused bail and will face the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Allan Cook said the incident caused “great devastation” in the local community.