Hunt for evil thugs who shot native water dragons with DARTS and smashed a turtle’s shell – as injured reptiles are found in wetlands
- Four water dragons were caught by police after being impaled by darts
- Lizards found injured in Warriewood wetlands on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
- Officers examining darts to help identify sick thugs who hurt the reptiles
Four native water dragons have been shot with darts in a treasured wetland, with police appealing for help catching the culprits.
The lizards were found impaled with homemade darts in Warriewood on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Wednesday after locals noticed the injured reptiles lying by the water.
Officers managed to catch the creatures and remove the darts, measuring between two and three centimetres, from the hurt animals – with only one requiring further treatment at a local vet.
Investigations are underway into finding the criminals who injured the water dragons, with the darts taken by Northern Beaches units for further examination.
Police are urging for community assistance after sick thugs shot native water dragons (pictured) with darts in a treasured wetland
Four lizards were found impaled with homemade darts in Warriewood on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Wednesday after locals noticed the injured reptiles lying by the water
A local resident posted a series of images to Facebook showing other lizards that are in need of help, as well as a smashed turtle shell.
A woman named Katie, who lives in the Northern Beaches region, said she found the destroyed shell in the same Warriewood wetlands location as the injured dragons.
‘I found this poor turtle this morning – while trying to help another water dragon with dart in its neck,’ she wrote.
She posted that other dragons remain in the area still impaled.
A woman named Katie, who lives in the Northern Beaches region, said she found the destroyed shell in the same Warriewood wetlands location as the injured dragons
Police said in a statement they were aided by volunteers as they attempted to catch the animals and remove the darts.
‘The officer, assisted by volunteers, captured the water dragons and removed several darts – between 2cm and 3cm long – which were embedded in their bodies,’ a NSW Police spokesperson said.
The injuries were not life-threatening, with only one requiring further treatment at a local vet. All four water dragons have since been returned to the wetlands.’
They are now turning their attention to identifying the thugs who hurt the creatures, taking the red-tipped darts back to the lab for examination.
A local took a picture showing another water dragon living in the wetlands that was still in need of assistance
The police’s Facebook post garnered nearly 1,000 comments, with people condemning the actions of the criminals.
‘Throw the book at the depraved creeps – I hope you catch them soon,’ one woman wrote.
‘Poor things – hope they are caught and suitably punished,’ another replied.