15 April 2024

Horsley woman threw dog off Mt Ousley, police allege

| Zoe Cartwright
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Police have charged a woman after an emaciated dog was found at the bottom of Mt Ousley. Photo: File.

NSW Police have charged a woman who allegedly threw a dog off a cliff near Wollongong last year.

A NSW Police spokesperson said officers were called to Clive Bissel Drive in January 2023 after a bushwalker made a grisly discovery.

“About 8:30 am on Sunday, 22 January, 2023, a man was bushwalking near Clive Bissell Drive at Mt Ousley when he heard a dog yelping,” the spokesperson said.

“After searching the area, the man located an upside-down kennel at the base of an escarpment.

“An Australian bulldog was located injured in the kennel; the dog also appeared emaciated and of poor health.

“Officers from Wollongong Police District, along with Police Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit and the SES, conducted a rescue operation to retrieve the dog.”

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The dog was taken to a local veterinarian but was euthanised due to his poor condition and injuries.

Police seized the kennel, which underwent forensic examination, and began inquiries.

Following an extensive investigation, a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a home in Horsley about 11 am on Friday, 12 April, 2024.

She was taken to Wollongong Police Station where she was charged with torture, beat and cause the death of an animal.

Police will allege the kennel was thrown off the cliff overnight.

The woman was given bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on 14 May.

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