CATTLE owners are being reminded to clearly brand their stock and maintain their fences following recent incidents of stock theft in southern Queensland last month.
Officers from the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad were alerted to an incident when members of the public found remains of cattle dumped in bushland near Hatton Vale.
Detective Sergeant Jim Lacey said recent incidents of stock theft were a timely reminder to cattle owners to ensure their cattle are branded and fences maintained.
“Stock theft is still prevalent today with many people in the community surprised the act of stealing stock still goes on,” he said
Detective Sergeant Lacey said section 445 of the Criminal Code details the offence of ‘unlawfully using cattle'.
“If a land holder without the permission of the owner of the cattle uses the neighbour's cattle for profit, pleasure or convenience they may be charged with unlawfully using the cattle,” he said.
“Such instances could be holding the neighbours cattle for the purpose of weaning and stealing the calves and also using them as coachers.
“The Stock and Rural Crime Squad is active within the south-east attending cattle sales and ensuring compliance within the livestock industry.”
Anyone with information regarding stock and rural crime offences is welcome to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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