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Spotlight on illegal hunting. Pig hunters fined $3,253

By Melissa Blewitt.

Local Police conducted Operation ‘Spotlight’ in the Condobolin and Tottenham areas over the June long weekend.
The purpose of the operation was to target illegal hunting and trespassing onto private property as well as compliance with the Companion Animals Act with regard to proper identification of hunting dogs.
Local Police were assisted by Rural Crime Investigators from Orange, Bathurst and Mudgee Local Area Commands and a ranger from the Lachlan Shire Council.
Over the period, Police stopped about 20 vehicles that were hunting in the region.
The majority of the vehicles stopped were found to be doing the right thing. One notable exception was at 9pm on the Saturday night. Police stopped a vehicle near the Tottenham `five ways’ intersection. The vehicle had seven dogs on the back and had two dead pigs hanging from the side of the crate.
After stopping the vehicle a strong smell of cannabis was evident. A 23 year old Nyngan man was subsequently searched and a small amount of cannabis located in his possession.
He was issued with a cannabis caution notice. The 23 year old male driver and a 24 year old female passenger, also from Nyngan, were spoken to and the dogs were scanned for identification microchips. None were found to be properly identified. The pig carcases hanging from the side of the vehicle were dripping blood onto the road surface.
The trio were issued with fines totalling $3,253 for offences including possessing unregistered dogs, having an unsecured dog on the rear of the vehicle, being in possession of dogs that were not properly identified (not micro-chipped) and for allowing liquid/waste material to drip onto a road surface.

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