Police are launching the appeal after two separate incidents on the Southern Downs.
Police are launching the appeal after two separate incidents on the Southern Downs. Chris Ison ROK130618cshow8

Police continue appeal into alpaca killings in region

TWO separate incidents where a total of 13 alpacas were shot and killed remains unsolved.

Police are continuing to seek public assistance into the investigation where seven alpacas were killed on a rural property on Curtin Rd, Lyra between September 16 and 18 last year.

Another six alpacas were killed at a property on Mount Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin between May 2 and 3 this year.

The owner woke to find five of his alpacas had been shot dead. A sixth was critically injured and had to be euthanised.

Police appealed for information from the public at the time, ruling it a senseless act. Investigators found it hard to comprehend the cruel was the animals were shot as they ran from the fence line.

A small calibre firearm has been determined as the weapon used.

However, despite the appeal, no information has been provided by the community to help police.

Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) Detective Senior Constable Glenn Evans said finding those responsible for the killings was important.

"We simply cannot tolerate this type of act against defenceless animals in the community and we know there are people out there with some information to provide to us," he said.

"These animals were treated as pets by their owners, they were hand-reared and their death was very cruel.

"We encourage anyone with information to come forward. This could be anonymously or you can talk to a member of the MOCS (Rural) team."

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day.


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