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Case ID: 17374
Classification: Shooting
Animal: sheep
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Saturday, Feb 5, 2011

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A THREE-month old lamb has been shot through the neck with an arrow in a sickening attack at a Lara farm.

Owner Michael Stojanovski was horrified to find his pet lamb impaled through the neck yesterday morning.

Miraculously, the lamb survived the attack at the property on Bacchus Marsh Rd, but was severely distressed and in pain.

The arrow had gone clean through its neck, and was protruding at each side.

"I was very upset when I saw what had happened," Mr Stojanovski said.

"It was really bad.

"How would these people feel if something did that to their pet?

"They should think about that before they try to harm an animal."

Shockingly, it is the second arrow attack on Mr Stojanovski's animals, with a cow shot in the back with an arrow three years ago.

Mr Stojanovski has moved his 25 sheep, which he keeps as pets for a hobby, closer to the house for protection.

"It's sad that people get their kicks out of doing something terrible like that," wife Rose Stojanovski said.

The case is being investigated by RSPCA Inspector Jason Nichols, who said those responsible would face heavy penalties, possibly including jail time, for such a vicious act of cruelty.

"It would have been very painful for the lamb," Insp Nichols said.

"To have the arrow sticking through its neck and hitting things would have hurt a lot."

Insp Nichols said even if the animal wasn't killed instantly, an injury like that carried the risk of blood poisoning.

Fortunately, prompt vet attention and a course of antibiotics has set the lamb on the road to recovery.

"I don't know what people are thinking to do something terrible like this," Insp Nichols said.

Anyone with information about the attack should call the RSPCA on 9224 2222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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