What a low act!
By ANN-MARIE MAY
WHAT person would, could and did do this?
That is the question local RSPCA inspector Andrew Kelly is asking himself and the community as he comes to terms with this latest shocking act of animal cruelty.
A female three metre long carpet python, who was thought to be pregnant, was found barely alive on Saturday night with her skull smashed and staples embedded in her head.
The passerby who found the pained creature in the laneway between the Planation Hotel and Bentleigh Motor Inn, called Coffs Harbour WIRES to the scene, but unfortunately nothing could be done and the animal died shortly after.
Disgusted and angry, the RSPCA, police and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are all hoping to find whoever did this.
"I'm just so angry. What sort of a person does this to a creature?" Mr Kelly said.
"A carpet python can do no harm to humans. In fact, they are good for local people as they take care of pests such as mice and rats."
Mr Kelly said there were a lot of smashed bones in the snake's skull and between seven and 10 staples shot into her head, but he could not be sure of the exact cause of death.
"I'm not an expert, but it would have to have been an industrial or commercial staple gun," he said on what was used to shoot the staples.
"Whether they were shooting at a distance because they were scared and then moved closer, I don't know. But whatever happened, it was an act of cruelty."
A local reptile expert who inspected the dead python estimated her age to be over 10 years and believed her to be pregnant.
The maximum penalty for aggravated cruelty is $10,000 and two years in prison, a punishment Mr Kelly believes fits this crime.
"This definitely falls under aggravated cruelty. There is no doubt about that," he said.
Anyone with any information about the attack is asked to call the Coffs Harbour RSPCA on 6651 4320.