Disturbing findings of 500 corpses in Wagga Wagga, Australia spark probe

Officials say they found numerous separate dumps of carcasses throughout property

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The offences in Wagga Wagga to be treated under Protection of the Environment Operations Act. — Pexels
The offences in Wagga Wagga to be treated under Protection of the Environment Operations Act. — Pexels

Authorities in the Australian city of Wagga Wagga said that they have found a slaughterhouse of horses that have been involved in killing over 500 horses with their remains left in a dry creek bed in separate dumps.

Wagga Wagga city council said in a statement: "Once the inspection of the property commenced it became clear that the slaughtering of horses had been occurring for a long period of time."

The butchering was taking place at a private property according to the Guardian report prompting an investigation by the officials of North South Wales Police and city council.

The offences will be treated under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act.

Officials noted that during the probe, "numerous separate dumps of carcasses throughout the property, with an estimated total number of more than 500, were found."

"Some of these carcasses were no more than skeletal remains while others were killed relatively recently," the council said.

"Once the extent of the operation had been identified NSW Police and other state government agencies began collecting evidence for possible offences and regulatory actions under a range of NSW state government legislation."

According to the outlet in Australia, Wagga councillors were informed Monday night and that a cool room containing horse meat had been identified at the property.

Currently, the probe is underway.

According to the operator of the property, Guardian Australia reported that the findings of over 500 horses were false and there were only 15 to 20 carcasses, which were killed to make pet food.

However, the operator confirmed the brumby rehoming operation and the dead ones were those who could not be rehomed.