Police accuse Tuncurry woman Brenda Marney of torturing animals, removing magpie’s beak

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An elderly woman has been charged with animal cruelty offences after a mutilated magpie was found in her home on the NSW mid-north coast.

Key points: 

  • Police raided Brenda Marney’s home and found a magpie with its beak removed
  • They also claim to have found mobile phones with pictures and videos of a mutilated dog on them
  • She has been granted bail, and is next due to face court on May 22

Brenda Marney, who lives in Tuncurry, is accused of using food to gain the trust of animals before luring them her into her care and torturing them over an extended period of time.

Police allege the 73-year-old then goes to local vets — including Forster Veterinary Hospital, Cape Hawke Veterinary Hospital and Great Lakes Veterinary Hospital — and claims to have found the injured animals and asks for them to be euthanised.

On the same day she was arrested, police found a magpie locked in a cage with its beak removed.

The bird was euthanised because of its severe injuries.

Police claim on Saturday, April 27, Ms Marney was seen feeding fish to a pelican at a boat ramp on Point Road at Tuncurry.

Police say she then grabbed the pelican before forcing it into her car, with a wing seen hanging out from the closed boot.

Police will allege the injured animal was released as officers approached her car.

Raids were later conducted at her home on Rest Point Parade.

Police seized numerous items, including mobile phones with images and videos of a dog and a rabbit that had allegedly been mutilated in public.

Ms Marney has been granted conditional bail and is due to face Forster Court on May 22.

Police are urging anyone with information about the alleged acts of animal cruelty to contact them.