In an act that local police are calling heartless, six alpacas were shot and killed at a rural Glen Aplin property near Stanthorpe last week.

A Queensland Police Media statement released today says police were called to the Mount Stirling Road property yesterday, Saturday 5 May, when the animal’s owner found five of his alpacas dead and one critically injured in their paddock.

Unfortunately, the injured animal had to be euthanised and an examination by a local veterinarian indicated that the animals had been shot with a small calibre firearm sometime between Wednesday 2 May and Thursday 3 May.

Senior Constable Jim Ellis of the Stanthorpe Police said the animals would have been defenceless and it was hard to comprehend the senseless violence.

“Disturbingly this is the second incident of shooting deaths involving alpacas on rural properties with seven killed at Lyra last September,” he said.

“These senseless deaths are wrong and heartless and I’m urging anyone who may have noticed anything or anyone suspicious or out of the ordinary in the local area to contact police.”

Police continue to investigate the shooting deaths of seven alpacas at a rural property on Curtin Road, Lyra which occurred between September 16 and 18, 2017.

All seven were shot with a small calibre firearm.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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