Man charged over alleged emu death video in Victorian town of Ouyen
Victoria Police have charged a 20-year-old man who allegedly mowed down a mob of emu’s in a video which has gone viral on social media.
An Australian-wide manhunt was launched to find the person behind the distressing vision, with RSPCA branches across the country calling for information.
This afternoon police in Ouyen, a town 443km north-west of Melbourne, said they had interviewed a man of the animal cruelty allegations and will now charge him on summons.
Police there said the alleged the incident occurred between September 1 and Thursday this week in Cowangie.
The 20-year-old Cowangie man will be charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, torment to an animal, destruction of protected wildlife and a number of traffic related offences including using a mobile phone while driving and speeding, police said.
He is expected to face Ouyen Magistrates Court on November 9.
Earlier this week the RSPCA shared the video of a man laughing as he counts each emu he runs over, before he appears to turn the camera on his own face.
The animal welfare organisation on Thursday pleaded for help to identify him and began working closely with police.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said it was important the organisation acted.