Authorities investigate slaughter

Firearm offences and an alleged slaughter of pigs at a community group’s shed in Forrest are under investigation.

Firearm offences and an alleged slaughter of pigs at a community group’s shed in Forrest are under investigation.

A Forrest resident contacted the Herald about the alleged slaughter of about 10 pigs at the Forrest Men’s Shed in Blundy Street earlier this month because he was concerned that authorities had failed to act.

The resident alleged that the pigs were kept at the shed in public view for two or three days and “chopped up” at the site leaving blood on the ground.

But Victoria Police, Colac Otway Shire Council and state authority PrimeSafe have reassured the community that a multi-agency investigation is underway.

Forrest police officer Leading Senior Constable Matt Roberts said police were investigating the possible use of a firearm in the slaughter of animals at Forrest.

It is illegal to use or carry a loaded firearm in a populated area and Sen Const Roberts said “individuals” were under investigation in relation to the alleged incident.

He said firearm holders needed to be aware of firearm regulations and inquiries were still pending.

Council acting chief Robert Dobrzynski confirmed on Friday that the council received complaints from members of the Forrest community and questions from Victoria Police regarding “the inappropriate use of the Forrest Men’s Shed and the site it is located on”.

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