Queensland man fined $1250 for animal cruelty after shooting bird with an arrow

A Queensland man who shot a wild bird with an arrow claimed he was only trying to scare it.

Tony Ivan Neindorf, 46, has been fined $1250 after pleading guilty to animal cruelty in Caboolture Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The plover was spotted alive with an arrow through its chest on a road in D’Aguilar north of Brisbane in August 2020.

It had to be euthanised after its injury was deemed untreatable.

After a public appeal by the RSPCA, investigators were tipped-off to Neindorf’s involvement.

He initially denied shooting the bird but inspectors found the same type of arrow which killed the bird at his home.

The plover was spotted alive with an arrow through its chest north of Brisbane in August 2020. Credit: RSPCA/Supplied

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