A shocked Bomaderry farmer was horrified to find two of his cattle had been shot with a bow and arrow over the weekend.
One vealer was shot in the face and another in the shoulder with what are believed to be target arrows most likely fired from a compound bow.
Another arrow was found lying on the ground close to the feed trough.
The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, was disgusted by the act of cruelty.
“On Saturday morning everything seemed to be alright,” he said.
“I returned home on Saturday evening and I saw a steer walking around with an arrow hanging out of his forehead. I rang the police and reported it and then I went up the paddock and found a heifer with one hanging out of her shoulder.”
The farmer, who had found arrows lying in the paddock previously, is now on high alert following the attack.
“I’ve got 50 cows and calves in another paddock, if they had hit a calf it probably would have killed it,” he said.
“It was fortunate this fella was big enough to withstand it.”
The arrows have been handed over to police for further investigation.
Penalties for animal cruelty offences in NSW carry a maximum jail term of five years and a maximum fine of $22,000 for an individual or $110,000 for a corporation under the Crimes Act 1900 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.
If anyone has any information, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.