A man has been charged as police investigate an alleged act of animal cruelty to an emu in the state's north west.
A 19 year-old Dubbo man has been arrested for recklessly beating and causing prolonged suffering to the emu.
On Monday (10 June 2019), police were made aware of a social media video circulating, allegedly showing a man pulling feathers out of a distressed emu, while those filming laughed.
The video circulated on social media app Snapchat.
Officers from the Rural Crime Prevention Team attached to Orana Mid-Western Police District conducted inquiries, and from information received, it's believed the incident took place on Marthaguy Road at Quambone, near Coonamble, on Sunday evening (9 June 2019).
Following intensive inquiries, a 19-year-old man was arrested at a Dubbo home yesterday (Wednesday 12 June 2019).
He was taken to Dubbo Police Station and charged with recklessly beat etc cause prolonged suffering to animal.
The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Dubbo Local Court on Monday 22 July 2019.