RSPCA Queensland and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) are investigating multiple incidents of swans being deliberately targeted by vessels on Gold Coast Waterways since January. 

On January 18, several members of the public witnessed one marine vessel over the course of a week torment and purposely drive at swans on Lake Orr, Varsity Lakes. Nine other incidents of swans being injured and one swan killed were reported to the RSPCA during this week.

“The community will not stand for these deliberate acts of animal cruelty,” RSPCA Inspector Kyle Patrech said.

On March 5 at approximately 4:20pm, another swan was reported to the RSPCA as being purposely struck and killed by a marine vessel in a canal connecting Clear Island Lake and Lake Orr in Mermaid Waters.

Both deceased swans were collected by the RSPCA and the charity is assisting Gold Coast Water Police with their investigations. 

Senior Sergeant Tony Nelson said investigations are continuing.

“The operation of vessels to deliberately target wildlife will be fully investigated by the Queensland Police and any offences identified will be dealt with through the judicial process,” Senior Sergeant Nelson said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

To report animal cruelty, call the RSPCA’s 24/7 Hotline 1300 ANIMAL (264 625) or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

RSPCA Queensland would like to thank those that have reported these incidents for investigation.