Teenager charged with animal cruelty after 20 kangaroos mowed down


A teenage driver has been charged with animal cruelty offences after he allegedly mowed down 20 kangaroos on the NSW South Coast.

Police allege a 19-year-old man drove his utility vehicle into 20 kangaroos, including two joeys, at Tura Beach on Saturday night.

The next morning, animal rescue volunteers were dismayed at the scene of the slaughtered wildlife lying on the streets.

NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) volunteer Janine Green called it "carnage" after nine adult kangaroos and one joey were killed on The Dress Circle and a further seven kangaroos and one joey were killed on Headland Drive.

Police estimated a total of 20 kangaroos were hit and killed between 10.30pm and 11.30pm.

A WIRES spokesperson said police knocked on Ms Green's door at 1.30am on Sunday and handed over a surviving joey. On Monday afternoon she was nursing three surviving joeys.

WIRES volunteer Janine Green collecting the dead kangaroos.

Detectives investigated the cruel act and arrested the alleged offender on Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with torture, beating and causing death of animals.

Inspector Peter Volf said acts of animal cruelty would not be tolerated.

"We take incidents such as these very seriously and anyone who engages in activities such as these will face the full brunt of the law," Inspector Volf said.

Tura Beach resident Rob Evans, who supplied the images, said that some were confronting and "illustrate why people have been so outraged by this senseless piece of stupidity".

"The rather dull image of the tyre tracks over the kerb give an idea of the speed of the vehicle but also reminds us that the people behind this were endangering not only their intended kangaroo victims but also anyone else on the nature strip at 10.30pm to 11pm," Mr Evans said.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear in Bega Local Court in November.