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Alleged emu killer charged with animal cruelty

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A man who allegedly filmed himself running over emus in Victoria's northwest has been charged with animal cruelty.

An Australia-wide hunt for a man who allegedly mowed down emus on an outback road and posted the disturbing footage online has ended with charges being laid by Victorian police.

The video showed a man laughing as he counts each emu he runs over, before turning the camera on his own face.

Authorities are trying to identify this driver who appears to deliberately kill emus.
The alleged driver has been charged with animal cruelty.
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Three possible suspects had been identified in South Australia, NSW and Victoria by the RSPCA as the organisation issued a national plea to find the man.

On Friday afternoon Victoria Police announced a 20-year-old man had been charged on summons with animal cruelty and traffic offences.

The alleged incident took place on Pellaring Road at Cowangie in the Victoria's northwest, close to the SA border between September 1 and 20.

The Cowangie man will be charged on summons with animal cruelty, animal torment, destruction of protected wildlife and traffic offences.

He is due to face Ouyen Court on November 9.

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