Two teenage boys have been charged over allegedly deliberately killing more than a dozen kangaroos on the NSW South Coast over the weekend.
Police were called to the Long Beach area, near Batemans Bay, on Saturday morning following multiple reports a number of kangaroos had been killed.
Officers and WIRES rescuers located five dead kangaroos, as well as one dead joey.
A short time later, a further seven kangaroos and one joey were found dead in the Maloney’s beach area.
Another joey was found injured but alive and was taken into the care of WIRES.
Altogether, 14 kangaroos were found dead.
“Our community of carers & supporters are saddened by the news of events in Batemans Bay on Friday night resulting in the deaths of 15 Kangaroos, including two joeys across two separate locations,” WIRES said on Twitter on Monday.
“This has left an indelible mark on our dedicated volunteers and local residents.
“A single surviving joey was located nearby on Saturday morning by a member of the public.
“She has been aptly nicknamed ‘Hope’.”
Following investigations and a public appeal, two 17-year-old boys were arrested at Batemans Bay Police Station on Monday evening.
They were issued a Court Attendance Notice for recklessly beat and kills animal.
Both boys are due to appear in court next month.