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A man who brutally bashed a kangaroo to death with a crowbar with another man near Bunbury will spend almost a year behind bars.
Craig Jamie House and Vance Geoffrey Jarvis, who represented themselves in court, both pleaded guilty in the Bunbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday to ill-treatment of an animal, according to the ABC.
ABC News said he told the court ‘I tried to put out the ‘roo in the most humanely way I could’.
However, the magistrate said that the use of dogs, rocks and hitting the animal on the head were not humane.
Jarvis said he only got involved to put the kangaroo out of its misery.
House was found to be the instigator and was jailed for 11 months while Jarvis was fined $10,000 (£6,000).
David van Ooran from the RSPCA said: ‘It’s incredibly rare — I can’t think of a time in recent years and decades where this has occurred.
‘This is a very strong penalty and a very appropriate penalty … it was clearly a horrific and sickening act against a defenceless animal, behaviour like this is completely unacceptable.
‘It’s excellent to see that the magistrate in this case has awarded a prison term.’