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More than two dozen cattle stolen from property in northern NSW

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Many cows fell as the vehicle they were loaded onto sped away, resulting in several having to be euthanised.

Police are appealing to the public for information after 25 cattle were stolen from a property on NSW's Northern Tablelands earlier this year.

On March 2, 25 weaner cattle were loaded onto a truck and driven from a farm in Glen Innes.

As the truck was driving away, several animals fell from the vehicle and were injured.

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Bystanders who witnessed the event attempted to come to the cows' aid and managed to herd the animals away to safety before police were contacted.

The truck was seen travelling north of Glen Innes, where several more cattle fell from the vehicle, many suffered significant injuries and a number of them had to be put down.

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Detective Sergeant Bennett Nolan from the Rural Crime Prevention Team said cattle theft is a serious crime that takes a heavy emotional toll on farmers.

"Farmers are recovering from drought and bushfires, with many having lower than normal levels of livestock," he said.

"Thefts such as this can cause a significant financial and emotional impact on farmers, not to mention the fact that the carelessness of those involved resulted in the deaths of several animals.

"We have released vision and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward."

Anyone who witnessed the incident, knows the vehicle involved in the above video, or has any relevant information should contact Moree Rural crime Prevention Team on (02) 6757 0799 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Source: 9News

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