UPDATE: Police have confirmed a man has been charged over the death of Rudie, a beloved three-legged pet deer who went missing from his family property last week.
‘Rudie’ was last seen in the paddock of his family’s property near Albury, at the NSW/Victoria border, last Monday night.
His family now says Rudie – who has close to 19,000 Instagram followers – was shot by a hunter who was shooting animals on the neighbouring property.
Miranda Petts spoke with police when she was unable to locate Rudie in his paddock.
A blood trail was found in the paddock.
NSW Police say a man is now facing charges over Rudie’s death.
A 49-year-old man attended Albury Police Station two days after the shooting and was charged with stock theft, fire firearm into building or onto enclosed lands and enter enclosed land not prescribed premises without lawful excuse.
He will appear at Albury Local Court on Wednesday 27 September 2023.
NSW Police first issued a statement to media after Rudie’s disappearance.
“About 7am today (Monday 7 August 2023), a 31-year-old woman contacted Albury Police Station after noticing her pet deer, named Rudie, was missing.”
“Rudie, who has three legs, was seen about 6pm yesterday (Sunday 6 August 2023).
“Officers from Murray River Police District attended and commenced inquiries.
‘”During a search of the area, blood was located in the paddock.
“Following initial inquiries, police believe a car was driven to the property about 11.30pm to 11.45pm yesterday.
“As inquiries continue, police urge anyone with information to come forward.”
Anyone with information about Rudie’s disappearance should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.