Police investigate video of Roma teen allegedly running down emu
A Roma teenager has allegedly shared a video of himself running down an emu in a four-wheel drive, forcing local police to launch an investigation.
A Queensland Police spokesman confirmed Roma police are investigating after a 16-year-old local boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly shared a video to TikTok of himself running down an animal found on our coat of arms.
“Police are aware of the incident, but no charges have been laid at this point,” the spokesman said.
“More inquiries are still to be made.”
RSPCA Queensland spokesperson Michael Beatty said the video was sent to them and a digital investigator made inquiries before making a complaint to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
“Unfortunately we cannot simply afford to have inspectors everywhere and haven’t got one in Roma, so we have a connection with DAF and they have been notified along with local police,” Mr Beatty said.
“We have enough problems with wildlife as it is, we have a dedicated wildlife hospital, we don’t need idiots running around doing this.
“Unfortunately there’s other similar cases.”
Mr Beatty urges anyone who sees similar instances to report it to the RSPCA or local police immediately.
The RSPCA does not have a rescue centre in Roma, where the incident is alleged to have occurred.
“RSPCA is funded almost entirely by donations,” a spokesman for the RSPCA said.
“This currently limits the areas where we can operate, particularly in terms of shelters and inspectorate facilities.
“RSPCA Qld would love to be able to provide facilities and an inspectorate function across the entirety of Queensland but we would need assistance from government to fund these operations.”
This follows after a Western Downs woman renamed her dog 'Slider' after it lost the use of its hind legs when it was hit by quad bike, instead of taking it to the vet.
The Dalby court case of appalling animal neglect went viral on social media, garnering over 1,400 reactions on Facebook.
All native wildlife is protected under legislation in Queensland and it’s illegal to deliberately kill native wildlife without appropriate permissions.
More to come …